David Swallow
David Swallow

The AFL have decided that Gold Coast will not receive a priority pick in this year's draft even if they remain winless this season.

The Suns have lost 14 straight games in 2012 and, under the AFL's previous priority pick system, Gold Coast would have been granted an extra draft pick if they had ended the season with less than 16 premiership points.

But now the AFL provides extra draft selections at their discretion and the league has decided the Suns do not warrant a priority pick in just their second season.

"The clubs that came in during the expansion period, due to the multiple picks that they've had at the start of the draft, won't qualify," AFL spokesman Patrick Keane told the AFL website.

"If you have a large group of players in their late teens, early 20s, who are high draft picks, then you're not going to qualify for a priority pick simply because they're still developing."

Keane added that it would not be right for a new scheme to be enacted in just the first season since the change.

"The new system can't apply after one year," Keane said on Friday.

"The slate was wiped clean when the commission decision was announced in February and special assistance can't apply after one poor season."

Sportal

Editor's Picks

Latest Videos

Get the 7Sport App Now!

Compare & Save