For months Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade believed he had a match-winning trio of tall forwards in Tom Lynch, Sam Day and Peter Wright.
Last weekend the AFL got its first taste of just how damaging the Suns’ lofty forward line can be.
Key forward Lynch, swingman Day and teenager Wright combined to kick 11 goals as the Suns beat Fremantle by 24 points at Metricon Stadium.
It’s a plan that Eade has long hoped he could unleash on opponents, and Day says he’s excited the trio can only get better over time.
“It’s been building in the last few weeks,” Day said.
“It’s really starting to gel together now. Pretty exciting, not many teams can come in with three key defenders to shut us all down as you saw on the weekend.”
Lynch has long been the spearpoint of the Suns, developing in the past two seasons into one of the game’s elite key forwards.
Day’s development has been a bit slower, with his versatility often forcing him to fill holes across the backline, in ruck or up forward to the detriment of his own game.
His four-goal haul though was the highest of his career and he hopes just the start of a long stint in the forward line.
“That’s where I’m most dangerous,” the 23-year-old said.
“Just looking forward to developing there.”
The final piece in Eade’s puzzle is 2014 No.8 draft pick Wright.
The 203cm teenager debuted in 2015 but has been a revelation in 2016, kicking 22 goals in 12 appearances including 11 majors in his past four matches.
He says treading in the same path as Lynch towards becoming an elite player is his aim.
“Tom’s been terrific for me, just one thing is seeing how he goes about it, it’s a great opportunity for me to be around him day-to-day,” Wright told AAP.
“He just sets standards with his competitiveness and effort around the ball. I look to try and emulate that where I can.”
TRIPLE THREAT – Gold Coast’s three tall forwards:
* TOM LYNCH
Goals: 179 (55 in 2016)
* SAM DAY
Goals: 61 (10 in 2016)
* PETER WRIGHT
Goals: 23 (22 in 2016)