Suns meet with AFL as Martin seeks tradeAugust 27, 2019
Gold Coast midfielder Jack Martin will have a new AFL home in 2020 after formally requesting a trade.
Martin is out of contract and wants a move to Victoria, with Carlton and the Western Bulldogs prominent among his suitors.
Midfielder Jack Martin was dropped for the Suns’ round 21 game.Credit:AAP
His departure was inevitable after form and injury issues restricted him to 16 games in 2019, with the midfielder dropped for the Suns' round 21 game and failing to return.
It's been a busy day for the Suns, with chairman Tony Cochrane and chief executive Mark Evans fronting the AFL Commission on Tuesday in the wake of another dismal season.
Evans said they had a good hearing, but would not go into the specifics of what Gold Coast have requested in AFL assistance.
After finishing bottom, the Suns already have the No.1 draft pick and they are understood to be chasing the No.2 selection as a priority pick.
Gold Coast are also keen for salary cap relief and priority access to elite players who graduate from their talent academy.
"We presented a case to show all of the things that are happening in Queensland that the game can be proud of and the role of the Gold Coast Suns in that," Evans said.
"Then we gave them a good update on where the business and the football programs sit and what are strategies are in those areas – they gave us a good hearing.
"We presented a lot of things around the game and the system, that we thought could be reviewed over time."
Chairman Tony Cochrane (right) and chief executive Mark Evans fronted the AFL Commission on Tuesday.Credit:AAP
The Suns will know more when the commission meet again next month.
Martin was linked to Essendon last year, but Gold Coast were unwilling to let him go given the departures of Tom Lynch and Steven May.
Martin, from WA, was recruited with the first pick overall in the 2012 mini-draft but has largely failed to meet high expectations since his AFL debut in 2014.
While he finished third in the Suns' best and fairest award in 2016 and 2017, Martin received just one Brownlow Medal vote in his first 81 games.
The Suns won three of their first four games this season, but lost the next 18.
They are keen to recruit Hawthorn veteran Shaun Burgoyne in a player-coach role, similar to Luke Hodge's successful move to Brisbane this season.
Despite speculation that the Suns are close to reaching a deal with the Indigenous game record holder, Evans said they are unaware of Burgoyne's intentions.
"I would have thought it's a long way from that," Evans said of a deal.
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