The Gold Coast Suns have confirmed Pearce Hanley will join the club as part of a three-way trade deal with the Brisbane Lions and Port Adelaide.
The Lions will take the Suns second-round pick 22 in the upcoming AFL Draft and will also secure Port’s future first round selection in 2017 as part of the three-way deal.
While the Power will acquire the Lions’ first round priority selection (19) and the Suns’ 30th overall selection.
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The Gold Coast currently hold selections 4, 8, 24, 26, 44, 62, 67 in next month’s Draft.
The Suns say the acquisition of Hanley, 27, is a major coup for the club as it tries to recruit elite mature-aged talent through the exchange period.
The popular Irishman, who has represented his country in International Rules, is one of the competition’s best ball users, has an ability to break lines and can damage opposition sides with his run.
Hanley has notched up 129 senior appearances over his nine seasons in the AFL, and featured in the top 5 of Brisbane’s best & fairest award in four of the past five Merrett-Murray medal counts.
General Manager of Football Operations, Marcus Ashcroft confirmed the trade on Tuesday morning.
“We are rapt an elite player of Pearce’s calibre has expressed a desire to join the Suns,” Ashcroft said.
“Our priority during the exchange period has been to add mature-aged talent that could make an immediate impact at our football club, and Pearce certainly fits that criteria.
“With our players’ just weeks away from transitioning into their new $22 million training & administration facility, we are entering an exciting period.”