GEELONG, VICTORIA - AUGUST 25: Steven May of the Suns looks on during the round 23 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Gold Coast Suns at GMHBA Stadium on August 25, 2018 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Gold Coast are open to losing their third captain in 12 months, if current skipper Steven May can’t commit to the Suns beyond the 2019 season.

May is contracted with the club next season, but after contracts talks with both Gary Ablett and Tom Lynch dominating the headlines for the past two seasons, the Suns are not interested in having constant speculation around another captain for the next 12 months.

Triple M’s Damian Barrett believes the Suns will “happily move him” if he doesn’t commit to the club before the trade period, with a couple of big Victorian clubs ready to pounce.

“We’ve been talking about him for three or four months now,” Barrett told Triple M’s Saturday Rub.

“He’s very much open to coming to Melbourne to continuing his career.”

Barrett understands the Suns are interested in dealing May if they can’t get him to re-commit, regardless of what they say in public.

“They’re open to it (Gold Coast), and I don’t care what they say publicly,” he said.

“If he cannot commit to them beyond that contract he’s got, they will happily move him this year.

“There’s a bidding war for him behind the scenes. It’s yet to ramp up totally because they’re yet to get the go button on it, but clubs are poised and ready to go down the path.”

The journalist believes all Victorian clubs would be open to May’s arrival should the Suns let him leave, although two sides may be sitting on top of the pack as it stands.

“Collingwood is really keen on him, as Carlton has engaged in conversations through the management about that possibility,” Barrett said.