Gold Coast complied with all the pre-draft expectation by taking midfielder David Swallow as the top pick in Thursday’s AFL national draft.
Swallow turns 18 on Friday and is coming off an impressive season for Gold Coast’s VFL team. He hails from East Fremantle and is the younger brother of North Melbourne star Andrew.
The Suns will become the AFL’s 17th team next year and they had the first three picks as part of their recruiting concessions. They had eight of the first 13 selections.
As expected, utility Harvey Bennell from Perth was the second pick and the Suns took SA ruckman Sam Day with the third selection.
West Coast had the fourth pick and they also did not surprise, taking Melbourne midfielder Andrew Gaff.
The top 10 picks were pre-selected in a private meeting a few minutes before the draft officially started and were counted down in reverse order.
There were no major surprises in the top 10.
The other top picks were midfielder Jared Polec (five, Brisbane), utility Reece Conca (six, Richmond), midfielder Josh Caddy (seven, Gold Coast), midfielder Dyson Heppell (eight, Essendon), utility Dion Prestia (nine, Gold Coast) and ruckman Daniel Gorringe (10, Gold Coast).