The embattled Gold Coast Suns will have to combat strong interest from Hawthorn in their second pick for this year’s AFL national draft if they wish to complete the one-two swoop afforded to them by the AFL Commission.
The Hawks are said to be intimately involved with brokering a deal for the selection with a keen eye on Oakleigh Chargers prospect Noah Anderson, widely expected to go second behind fellow Charger and close friend Matt Rowell.
Longtime list manager Chris Pelchen told SEN’s The Sporting Capital on Monday night that these talks should be integral to the annual domino fall which typically encompasses the last 36 hours of trading.
“Pick two, I think you’ll find, will become part of a super deal and I think Hawthorn will lead the way with it to be honest if I was calling it before the trade period officially starts,” Pelchen said.
“Hawthorn will be very keen to get Noah Anderson to their team and they’ll be putting forward deals to the Suns to try and incorporate Pick 2.”
Rowell and Anderson were a dynamic force in the Oakleigh midfield and their efforts were vital to the side’s 2019 NAB League triumph, but although the Suns may be keen to pair the two up at their club to prevent a further player exodus, the Hawks have other plans.
“There will be a flurry of activity with the Suns of clubs approaching them trying to get those picks and I think they’ll be trying to turn at least two of those picks inside the top 20 into established players,” Pelchen said.