Key Sun missing against red hot Swans

Reporting by Mitchell Van Homrigh.

Gold Coast will be without their little champion when they take on Sydney this Saturday.

Gary Ablett was ruled out on Thursday afternoon due to a hamstring injury, the injury comes just a week after the dual Brownlow medallist played his 300th game in the AFL.


Pearce Hanley will also miss out due to a hamstring injury, making it a tough task for the Suns to top resurgent Sydney on the weekend.

The Swans started 2017 poorly but have chalked up good wins over fellow finals contenders Richmond, Essendon and Melbourne in their last three fixtures.

While they’re in for a tough task on the field, Gold Coast Coach Rodney Eade is doing his best to unsettle the Swans in the lead up to the game.

The oldest coach in the competition showed his experience naming defender Jack Leslie as emergency.

“We may name an injured player with the view that we will see how their side lines up,” Eade said.

“It’s about the matchup”.

Regardless of where Leslie fits in, a key matchup will be however is tasked with marking Lance Franklin.

The likely candidate is newly re-signed Suns’ skipper Steven May.

May  put pen to paper for the Gold Coast and is committed to the club for the next two years on a deal that’s understood to be just shy of $1 million per season – making him one of the highest paid defenders in the AFL.