Gold Coast shock fans by cutting 'best player of 2018'

Gold Coast Suns have made the staggering decision to delist their best player of 2018.

On Wednesday, the club announced that Jarryd Lyons has been cut despite having one year remaining on his contract.

A club statement said Lyons and the club had “mutually agreed” to part ways.

“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.

Jarryd Lyons. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

“With that being the case, the club and Jarryd have had a mature discussion and agree that another club may offer him greater opportunity to play in the midfield in the future.

“We thank Jarryd for his contribution to the club and wish him all the best as he continues his AFL career.”

The decision is baffling considering Lyons was the Suns’ No.1 ranked player in 2018 according to the Official AFL Player Ratings.

He averaged 24.5 disposals from 19 games — ranked first at the club.

He was also the Suns’ top-ranked player in clearances and contested possessions.

Fans and commentators couldn’t believe the news.