Since joining the competition in 2011, Gold Coast are yet to find the right squad that can take them into September.
The Suns have battled throughout a controversial year for the club which has seen the exit of long-serving coach Stuart Dew. Dew developed a number of promising players during his time as head coach but failed to cover up some evident gaps in their starting 22.
Are there some players for Gold Coast that could finally end their post-season drought?
In the eighth part of our trade target series, we take a look at potential players that could make the trip to the Sunshine State this off-season.
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1. James Jordon
The midfielder has seen plenty of playing time since his 2021 breakout season which has likely gathered the attention of other clubs.
Jordon has averaged 12 disposals so far in 2023, had a season-high 23 touches in Round 17 against St Kilda, and has played in almost every game for another successful home and away run for Melbourne. Jordon's ability to run, work, compete, use his footy smarts, and follow instructions has gone far from unnoticed around the league.
Despite continuing selection, Jordan has seen a decline in average for almost all major statistics including disposals, with his numbers significantly depreciating due to taking on the tactical sub role for most of 2023.
With the addition of more exciting midfield talent, Gold Coast could use Jordon's excellent ball usage to not only become a better transition side but also use him to create new scoring opportunities where previously the midfielders and forwards would have to come up to assist. Jordon can assist other young guns such as Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson with a more effective transition midfield as the Suns look to build a new play style under their next coach in 2024.