Suns AFL besties now flatmates as well

Ed Jackson
Famous friends Noah Anderson (left) and Matt Rowell have become housemates

They've practically been joined at the hip during their AFL draft journey and now Gold Coast recruits Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson are flatmates as well as best mates.

The 2019 No.1 and No.2 draft picks completed their moves to the Gold Coast on Saturday and are living together at the beachside home of Suns chief executive Mark Evans and his wife Lynne.

They're not the first Suns recruits to live under Evans' roof, with Ben King and Jack Lukosius spending their first few months on the Gold Coast at the same house before finding homes of their own.

Anderson accepts there probably was never any chance he and Rowell - teammates at both Melbourne's Carey Grammar and junior club Oakleigh Chargers - wouldn't find themselves living together as they begin their AFL careers.

"That was the option we were given so we took it," he told AAP.

"I think I still would have done fine if it was just individual or going somewhere else but obviously I think if you asked anyone would you bring your best mate with you, you'd say yes. It's a big benefit."

The pair haven't been given any set house rules at this stage by Evans but have quickly got down to the realities of life as an AFL footballer.

All nine draftees as well as Irish Luke Towey completed their first training session with their new teammates in humid and hot conditions at the Suns' headquarters on Monday.

The session was an eye-opener for top pick Rowell, with the realisation he is now part of an AFL club's list.

"Ever since I got drafted on Wednesday that's the thing I've been waiting to do, to get out and train," Rowell said.

"Just to be out there with the AFL boys and get to know them a bit better and train with them, it's made me feel a bit more comfortable now."

Rowell's collection of Sherrins is being delivered to Queensland after Christmas and the self-confessed green thumb is also offering his services if the Evans' garden needs any work.

"If they want me to, I'll be happy to," Rowell said.

"It is a good place outside of footy to get away from it all and I like doing it, so it's kind of a bit therapeutic for me."