One of the head-scratching-iest of the day is the news that the Gold Coast Suns, a club that need more, not fewer, good players, has cut midfielder Jarryd Lyons.
Lyons is headed for the Lions. Out of the frying pan and into another frying pan.
Gold Coast delisted Lyons, the club’s most prolific ball-winner, even though he was contracted through the 2019 season of the Toyota AFL Premiership competition. Lyon’s was ranked as the best player for the Suns in 2018 by the Official AFL Player Ratings and 44th best in the league.
Still, Gold Coast’s 2018 best and fairest went to Jarrod Harbrow, although the similarity in first names between the two players is strictly circumstantial.
Lyons was third in the league in the average clearances per game stat and ninth for contested possessions.
The Suns spent no small amount of effort in snatching Lyons from Adelaide, but he is being jettisoned with very little effort.
If Lyons winds up with the Lion, he will form the makings of a pride of Lyons, as his brother Corey is currently on Brisbane’s list.
Suns’ Coach Stuart Dew twice dropped Lyons during the course of the 2018 season.
The Suns cited limited future opportunities for Lyons as their reason for axing him.
“We added real depth to our midfield during the trade period and as a result Jarryd understands that his opportunities would be increasingly limited due to the additions of these players and our desire to play and develop the young midfield talent already on our list,” Suns list manager Craig Cameron said.
The Suns have added Corey Ellis and Anthony Miles from Richmond.
In light of that and other developments, it was actually Lyons himself who suggested to the Suns that they delist him, as the three-year deal tabled by Brisbane, which included the hint that he could be developed into a future coaching role.
As best as can be determined, there was no animus between Lyons and the Suns, with the decision seemingly agreed to mutually.