Rowell's AFL dream continues for Suns

Ed Jackson
Teenager Matt Rowell (l) again stole the headlines as the Suns overcame the Dockers on Saturday

He's arguably been best on ground in three of his four AFL appearances and probably topping the early Brownlow Medal count, so it's no wonder any mention of Matt Rowell brings a smile to the face of Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew.

The 18-year-old, matching up against dual Brownlow winner Nat Fyfe, again stole the headlines as the Suns claimed a 13-point win over Fremantle at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.

Rowell was again central as the Suns moved to second on the ladder with their third win on the spin, picking up 20 disposals, 12 of them contested, and kicking two goals in the win.

Such is Rowell's influence, Dew says he's already setting the tone for many of his more experienced teammates at the club.

"So good to watch, and the team love it as well," Dew said.

"He's just having the time of his life.

"He's dreamed of playing AFL footy and probably pinching himself that he's out there.

"Just love that he's so humble."

Such has been Rowell's impact that their other highly touted prospect, Izak Rankine, could almost sneak unnoticed into the team to face Geelong next weekend.

The 2018 No.3 draft pick, whose 2019 was constantly interrupted by injury, came through a scratch match on Saturday well and Dew says he'll be "a discussion" when the team to play the Cats is selected.

The trip to GMHBA Stadium will be the Suns' first away match this season as they aim to win a four straight for the first time since 2014.

"We're looking forward to it. We can't wait. We love getting away together," Dew said.

"Reload again to go next week and look forward to that challenge. Obviously really strong football club. They play well down there."