Suns, Giants to unveil first-round picks in Round 20 – AFL News

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 24: Mac Andrew of the Suns poses for a photograph with his family (LR) Mach Machar, Makure, Mary, Riak, Lual and Deng Andrew during the NAB AFL Draft at the London Tavern on November 24, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos)

The Gold Coast Suns will unveil their fourth debutant of the year, with the club’s top selection from last year’s National Draft MacAndrew set to feature against West Coast this weekend.

Andrew joined the Suns as the fifth overall pick in last year’s intake, venturing to the Queensland club from the Dandenong Stingrays after being one of the largest draft bolters of his class.

The 201cm tall teenager is capable of playing across all three lines of the field, and has flourished in the Suns’ VFL side throughout this season.

“This is honestly a dream come true, I still can’t believe it,” Andrew said.

“For Stuey to announce it in-front of the playing group was such an amazing feeling, all the team were jumping on top of me, it’s impossible to describe how good it felt.

“Since joining the club, the staff, players and our members have been so supportive of me and helping me to reach this point, I can’t thank them enough.”

Andrew could slot into a defensive role for Stuart Dew‘s side, who have lost Charlie Ballard to a season-ending knee injury.

He will line up for his maiden appearance at Metricon Stadium, with the Suns to enter Sunday’s clash as favourites, hoping to add a ninth win to their campaign.

BENDIGO, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 11: MacAndrew of the Stingrays runs with the ball during the NAB League Boys match between the GWV Rebels and the Dandenong Stingrays at Queen Elizabeth Oval on April 11, 2021 in Bendigo, Australia. (Photo by Martin Keep/AFL Photos)

Meanwhile, the GWS Giants have announced a debutant of their own for Round 20, with key defender Leek Ale earning his first call-up for the New South Wales side.

The rookie backman joined the Giants as the 15th overall pick in the 2021 National Draft from SANFL side Central District.

GWS confirmed Aleer’s inclusion for Saturday’s local derby against the Swans on Thursday, with the youngster surrounded by family when the club announced his debut.

The Giants will travel to the SCG to face the Swans at 2:10pm (AEST) on Saturday.

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