Gold Coast interested in Collingwood ruckman Jarrod Witts

The Gold Coast Suns have flagged their interest in Collingwood’s Jarrod Witts, with coach Rodney Eade prioritising a ruckman during the upcoming trade period.

Eade, who knows Witts well from his days at Collingwood, believes he could be an ideal pickup as the Suns look to recover from a disappointing 2016.

Current Gold Coast number one ruckman Tom Nicholls is out of contract, and while the rumour mill continues to spin talk of him leaving, the Suns are adamant he is close to re-signing.

Gold Coast believes the addition of Witts would lighten the load on Nicholls and allow young star Peter Wright to play mainly as a forward.

It’s believed fellow Queensland team Brisbane has also shown strong interest in the ruckman, but if he were to leave Collingwood, the Suns would be his preferred destination.