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Gold Coast Suns won't bask in trade week

By Darren Cartwright 27/09/2010 04:43:52 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast may possess a sackful of draft picks and an oversized cheque book yet their first AFL trade week is shaping as a non-event, according to club's CEO Travis Auld.

Auld said the AFL's 17th side have never viewed trade week as being pivotal to building their list and they'll have a low key approach when trading starts on October 5.

The Suns are limited to offering draft picks or the rights to a former player who has previously been in the system - of which they can take up to 10 - such as ex-Richmond forward Andrew Krakouer, who won this year's Sandover Medal.

One of the main trade carrots is talented Brisbane Lion utility Jared Brennan, who wants a fresh start.

"Trade week is not a major part of our (recruiting) strategy," Auld told AAP.

"We've said before that we don't expect to be active.

"We'll have our phones on and we'll listen, but it's not a priority."

Two weeks ago, Auld said the Suns could have as many as three more uncontracted player signings to announce.

That figure was revised down on Monday and Auld was making no comment on when, or if, the Suns would name Geelong Brownlow medallist Gary Ablett as recruit number six.

The Suns have already secured Nathan Bock (Adelaide), Nathan Krakouer (Port Adelaide), Michael Rischitelli (Brisbane), Jarrod Harbrow (Western Bulldogs) and Campbell Brown (Hawthorn).

"I said maybe two or three more uncontracted players which would've meant eight as we have five now, but we're not sure and it may only be one more,"Auld said.

"As soon as we know something we'll announce it, but there's nothing to announce at the moment."

One line of thought is if Ablett says yes to the Suns, he will soak up so much money there will not be enough cash left to top up their playing list with anymore out of contract players.

It could also rule out the Suns making a play for Brennan either during trade week or in the national or pre-season drafts.

Gold Coast can keep chipping away at uncontracted players until the end of October, but the window of opportunity to trade for Brennan will close on October 11.

Ablett needs to have made his decision well before then, in particular if he declines, so the Suns have a fair chance of cobbling together a deal to make Brennan a fair offer.

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