The Gold Coast Suns are celebrating a successful NAB AFL draft, welcoming five new players including four top Ten selections.
GC Suns List & Strategy Manager, Scott Clayton was thrilled with the club’s 2017 draft performance.
“We are delighted to be welcoming five elite young players, including two of our own Academy-listed players in Bowes and Scheer to the Gold Coast Suns” Clayton said.
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“We complete the player acquisition phase delivering four mature players and five draftees all who can make an immediate impact in 2017.”
The Suns secured exciting small forward/midfielder Ben Ainsworth with its first selection (4), utility Jack Scrimshaw at No. 7, inside midfielder Will Brodie (9) and academy product Jack Bowes (11).
In the lead-up to the draft, Ainsworth was widely tipped to be snapped up in the top three but when he slipped to the fourth pick, recruiting guru Scott Clayton was more than happy to pounce and bring the Gippsland Power captain to the Suns.
Ainsworth is a brilliant overhead mark for his size and will bring a real X-Factor to Metricon Stadium, providing a threat both in the air and at ground level and the ability to be a match-winning player. In his final four games for the Power, Ainsworth averaged 29 disposals and kicked 12 goals.
A talented left footer, Scrimshaw starred as a rebounding defender for both Vic Metro and TAC Cup side Sandringham in 2016, averaging 23.7 disposals per game for the Dragons. Sandringham looked to place the ball in Scrimshaw’s hands at every opportunity with his agility, decision-making and clean hands making him a perfect quarterback for his side.
At a height of 193cm, Scrimshaw has the potential to develop into a modern-day midfielder in the Ilk of a Marcus Bontempelli.
Meanwhile, Brodie is a clearance machine with an insatiable thirst for getting his hands dirty and winning the contested footy.
A member of the NAB AFL Academy, Brodie demonstrated his ability to play opposed to bigger bodies against VFL sides Werribee and Geelong in April. He was awarded the MCC President’s Medal as the Academy’s best player against Werribee with 20 disposals and seven inside 50s and followed up with 22 touches the following week off half-back.
Bowes is officially a Suns player after being selected with pick No. 10 in Friday’s 2016 National Draft.
The Sydney Swans placed a bid for Bowes with their first selection on the night, which Suns List Manager Scott Clayton had no hesitation in matching.
Nicknamed the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of this year’s draft crop, the silky midfielder is known for his agility, composure and decision-making ability.
Excitingly, Palm Beach-Currumbin product Brad Scheer became the second local Academy player drafted by the Gold Coast in the 2016 NAB AFL National Draft after Geelong’s bid at pick No.67 was matched by the Suns recruiting team.
Scheer is a solidly built inside midfielder with a thirst for winning the contested footy but can also shift forward and impact the scoreboard.