It’s been a tumultuous season for the Gold Coast Suns, but they can’t rest just yet as they’ll be in for a busy off-season.
While they’ve locked away quite a lot of their list, the likes of Brandon Matera, Jarrod Harbrow, Michael Rischitelli and Trent McKenzie remain out of contract.
Rischitelli came back late in the season after a serious knee injury in 2016 and will probably have to decide between playing on and retiring.
Matera and Harbrow will probably seek new homes while McKenzie probably doesn’t have much trade value.
Then there’s the situation with Gary Ablett, who remains contracted for 2018, but seemingly wants out of the club.
Ablett only played 14 games for the season due to various injuries and sought a trade at the end of last year.
The only issue for Ablett is his destination club Geelong doesn’t have the picks to satiate the Suns and that leaves him in no-man’s-land.
Gold Coast captain Tom Lynch is contracted for 2018 as well, but is another worth keeping an eye on over the trade period.
Looking to the positives, Gold Coast was able to lock away its four top 10 draft picks from the 2016 draft until 2020.
The side will be turning over a new leaf next year and with so many big names coming out of contract in 2018, the club really has to get it right immediately.
If not, they could struggle to sign Kade Kolodjashnij, Aaron Hall, Adam Saad and Tom Nicholls as well as Lynch and Ablett if they’re still around.
Brisbane was able to pull it off this year with Chris Fagan and Gold Coast simply has to get on the right track next year.
*Lyons, Witts and Currie unconfirmed.