Essendon great Matthew Lloyd says 2019 will see one club with the worst list in AFL history.
On Tuesday, North Melbourne recruit Aaron Hall became the latest Gold Coast player to seek greener pastures.
The Kangaroos acquired Hall for a bargain price, offloading pick No.68 to complete the deal.
The Suns then on-traded that draft pick to Adelaide in exchange for a future fourth-round selection.
Young defender Jack Scrimshaw, who was recruited with pick No.7 in the 2016 draft but failed to play a game this season, has also left Gold Coast.
The Suns traded Scrimshaw and their future fourth-round selection in exchange for Hawthorn’s future third-round selection.
Former Gold Coast captains Tom Lynch and Gary Ablett plus young guns Dion Prestia, Jaeger O’Meara and Charlie Dixon are among the high-profile players to have left the expansion club in recent years.
And according to Lloyd, the flood of talent leaving Gold Coast has left them with the ‘worst list ever seen’.
“Leigh Matthews, I sit with him every weekend on 3AW Football and he talks about the breeding ground that is the Gold Coast Suns and the Brisbane Lions,” Lloyd told AFL Trade Radio.
“Brisbane at least are finding their feet with David Noble, Chris Fagan, Luke Hodge — they’ve brought some great people in and they’ve suddenly held their players.
“But Gold Coast Suns, it’s the opposite of that. I’ve never seen anything like this. Gerard Healy says this year they were the worst team since Fitzroy, I think next year they get even worse. No Tom Lynch, most likely no Steven May.
“This will be the worst list we’ve ever seen put on an AFL field and they (Port Adelaide) are just openly saying we will take players within two years.”
Suns captain Steven May’s future also currently remains up in the air.