AFL Rd 5 - Geelong v Gold Coast
GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JULY 04: Suns head coach Stuart Dew speaks with his players during the round 5 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Gold Coast Suns at GMHBA Stadium on July 04, 2020 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

Gold Coast has told rival teams the No. 3 pick in November's National Draft is on the table in trade discussions, as it looks to lure an experienced player to the club.

Fox Sports' Tom Morris believes the Suns are prioritising a key forward to partner Ben King.

The struggling Suns -- 4-9 this season -- believe they have secured enough talent through the draft and have begun pursuing players who can provide leadership and guidance for their young core.

High-profile key position forwards coming out of contract at the end of the year include the likes of Sam Weideman, Taylor Walker and Mason Cox -- with Weideman being the most valuable of the trio.

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Sam Weideman of the Demons kicks the ball during the 2018 AFL Second Preliminary Final match between the West Coast Eagles and the Melbourne Demons at Optus Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Morris believes Melbourne would "surely not" surrender the 23-year-old for anything less than Gold Coast's first draft selection.

The Suns also hold two high-end second-round picks.

But despite their overarching interest in a key position player, the Suns are also reportedly unopposed to trading the No. 3 pick for a non-key forward.

A name that springs to mind here is the mid-sized Jake Stringer, who is also coming out of contract and in search of a long-term agreement on improved money.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 03: Jake Stringer of the Bombers celebrates a goal with Darcy Parish of the Bombers during the 2021 AFL Round 03 match between the Essendon Bombers and the St Kilda Saints at Marvel Stadium on April 03, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Dylan Burns/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Essendon is hesitant to offer such a contract due to the 27-year-old's injury history and the fact his best football is nearly behind him, leaving an opportunity for the Suns to potentially pounce if a deal can't be done.

Stringer brings three things to the table that the young Suns are in desperate need of: success (a premiership-winner with the Bulldogs in 2016), experience, and the ability to provide match-winning performances such as his four-goal showing in last weekend's tight win against Hawthorn.

With Stuart Dew's coaching credibility beginning to be questioned by media pundits, a strong off-season is looking increasingly crucial for the embattled Suns.