DURING a special dressing room meeting, Gold Coast SUNS coach Guy McKenna has handed out jerseys to two debutants.
19-year-old Jack Martin has got the call-up to play against the Tigers in tomorrow’s AFL Round 1 clash at Metricon Stadium.
“Jack has been with us for twelve months and his development has been just as consistent as a Jaeger O’Meara or a David Swallow, so we think he thoroughly deserves his spot given his form over the pre-season,” SUNS General Manager – Football Operations, Marcus Ashcroft said.
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“His time in the NEAFL side certainly helped him prepare for the 2014 Season, and we think he is going to be a good player for us this year.”
The SUNS website reports Sean Lemmens was also handed a jersey from Captain Gary Ablett and will be joined by fellow youngster Clay Cameron in debuting for the club.
“(Sean) adds skill, pace and composure to our backline and deserves his chance based on the form he has shown over the pre-season,” Ashcroft said.
Originally taken as a zone priority selection in the 2012 AFL Draft, lingering hip complaints conspired against Cameron in his maiden season.
But the former AIS-AFL graduate has been a shining light at centre half-back in Rory Thompson’s absence, and will provide serviceable support to key defenders Steven May and Matthew Warnock against the Tigers forwards.
Elevated rookie Andrew Boston has been rewarded with a place in the team. The sharpshooter earnt an upgrade to the senior squad after promising ruckman Zac Smith was placed on the long-term injury list on Wednesday afternoon.