Suns player the AFL Rising Star nominee

Gold Coast Suns player Peter Wright is the Round 15 NAB AFL Rising Star nominee.

The 19-year-old forward kicked three goals, had 14 touches and took 10 marks in the Suns’ 40-point win over St Kilda at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.


It was his twelfth AFL game but his first win as a Gold Coast player.

Standing at 203cm, the player known affectionately as ‘two-metre’ Peter is proving difficult to be match-up when he lines up with fellow tall forwards Tom Lynch and Sam Day.

Wright has shown good form throughout the season booting three goals against North Melbourne in Round Five and against Adelaide in Round Nine.

While Wright plays predominately in the forward line, he is ranked first in hit outs amongst players eligible for the Rising Star.

Suns coach Rodney Eade said Wright has a lot of growth left in him.

“As a club we have been pleased with Peter’s continued development and improvement,” Eade said.

“What we know is that key position players tend take a little longer to develop, he is still only 19 years of age and will be an even better player at 23 and older, and while he fully understands that as a second year player there are no added expectations on him, he has set out to really maximise his opportunities and perform to the best of his ability at the top level and we are really delighted at the type of  player he is becoming.”

Wright was a first round selection (section eight overall) in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft.

He was recruited from the Moonee Valley Football Club and the Calder Cannons.

He played three AFL matches last year, spending the majority of the season continuing his development in the NEAFL. He finished the NEAFL season with 36 goals from 15 games.

Wright represented Vic Metro in the 2014 NAB AFL Under-18 Championships and named an Under-18 All Australian. He was the tallest player to attend the 2014 NAB AFL Draft Combine.

He was a member of the NAB AFL Academy Level Two squad in 2013-14 and Level One squad in 2012-13.