Gold Coast are set to launch a bid for the No. 1 draft pick at this year’s National Draft.
Should the league accept the request and the Suns finish on the bottom of the ladder, they would get the first two picks in the draft.
The expansion club will use next month’s AFL Commission meeting to make their bid.
Gold Coast chairman Tony Cochrane told AFL.com.au on Monday that is was time for the AFL to provide meaningful concessions to the struggling club.
“We have been doing a very detailed report, and we hope to finalise that for our July board meeting, and then I’m going to make a submission to the August Commission meeting,” Cochrane said.
“We are past the stage where we say, ‘We will give you a couple of players from the VFL or SANFL or WAFL’, it has to be something that breaks the cycle.
“You can’t keep tinkering at the edges. You need to give clubs hope of making finals at least once every seven or eight years, and we need a circuit breaker, genuine player assistance, or we are not being genuine in what we are doing.
“One of the things we will have to have a serious look at is the priority pick – it is no good just giving us pick 19.
“Are you serious about real help, or not? I will become a 6000-pound gorilla on this. We are at the pointy end of the argument, we need some proper assistance, and I’m not asking for Tony Cochrane, or the Suns, but the tens of thousands of juniors playing the games on the Coast.
“We want to keep them playing, want them to be rusted on to AFL via the Gold Coast as we continue to try to develop a footy side in an NRL heartland.
“We are starting to cut through, the last part of the puzzle is to have a competitive side.”
The Suns’ highest ladder position was 12th in 2014 and have finished second last in four of their eight seasons in the competition.
Cochrane stressed the importance of interstate clubs being relevant.
“I don’t think there would be any fair minded person who would say that nine years at the bottom isn’t time to give genuine assistance,” Cochrane said.
“Fifty four per cent of the population is north of the Murray, so we need to properly engage with NSW and Queensland if we want a true national competition.
“It is vital for the four clubs in those states to be given an equal opportunity for fan bases to grow.
“The game at grass roots is exploding in Queensland, so we need to look after that and nurture it.”