2021 AFL preview: Gold Coast Suns team guide
Will the young Suns be the bolters for the 2021 AFL finals series?
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Coach Stuart Dew's apprenticeship is over. Entering his fourth year at the club, it's time for Dew to guide his crop of talented youngsters into the finals.
Midfield sensation Matt Rowell, 19, is making a comeback from a shoulder injury which ruined most of his 2020 season. Rising star Izack Rankine, who kicked 12 goals from 12 games last year, is set to play in the midfield to take advantage of his speed and creativity.
Noah Anderson, 20, proved to be a shining light for the Suns midfield last year while Crows recruit Rory Atkins' speed will be a major asset on the flanks.
It's the same old story but the Suns will have to buck their trend of starting strongly and finishing the season as the competition's whipping boys.
How to watch Gold Coast AFL matches
Once again this season, free-to-air television and Foxtel have the rights to games. Channel 7, Kayo Sports, Foxtel iQ and Foxtel Now are your options. We have put together a complete AFL viewing guide for you which has all the details.
Kayo and Foxtel have every game live and ad-free, while Channel 7 shows select games depending on the region. All Gold Coast and Brisbane Lions matches are on the main channel or 7mate in Queensland.
Kayo starts from $25 per month for use on two devices. For $10 more per month you get a third screen. On top of all the AFL action, you get access to more than 50 sports. Kayo also has a 14-day free trial for new users.
It also comes with a number of special features. SplitView, No Spoilers and Interactive Stats are just some of the options.
Watch Gold Coast matches overseas
If you are out of Australia for business or pleasure, you don't need to miss out on AFL action. With the Watch AFL app, you can stream matches with an Internet connection. You can see a guide here on how to stream the 2021 AFL season from overseas.
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When do the Suns play next?
The Suns open the season in Perth against West Coast at 3:10pm AWST (6:10pm AEDT) on Sunday 21 March. The complete AFL draw is here.
Gold Coast Suns squad
Gold Coast Suns history
The Suns' history has been short and mostly wretched, to put it bluntly. Brief moments of optimism have generally been replaced by brutal reality checks. Gold Coast have regularly found it difficult to attract or retain talent.
In Stuart Dew, they have an astute coach who is heading into his fourth season. If the current crop of players can buy in and commit to the cause, success may not be too far away. But that has been the key issue in the club's 10 seasons in the AFL thus far.
Image source: Gold Coast Suns team website
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