Player name: Nick Suban
Current club: Fremantle Dockers
Potential club: Unknown at this stage, but being a Victorian if he is to leave the Dockers you would think he would end up at a club in his home state.
The original price: Suban was drafted with pick 24 of the 2008 National Draft.
The Good: You have to have some quality to get a consistent game under the hard taskmaster that is Ross Lyon and Suban has earned his trust along the way. He was a dependable “foot soldier” during the Dockers’ peak of 2013-15 where he played 67 of a possible 73 games during that period. While he doesn’t have one particular standout skill, Suban brings energy and toughness around the packs and can perform run with roles due to his strong aerobic ability. Suban played in Peel Thunder’s first ever WAFL premiership this season.
The Bad: While he possesses a good tank, Suban is not particularly quick and as the game itself gets quicker, being a player with speed is becoming a more crucial asset. Disposal is also something that lets the 26 year-old down at times. Because of these facts, he found himself out of the team on a number of occasions in 2016 when Lyon wanted focus on youth and better ball movement.
What his club wants: Fremantle are in the process of a rebuild so a mid range draft pick will likely be accepted by the club.
What he’s worth: Suban’s value would have dropped due to playing nine games at WAFL level this season. However, he is approaching 150 AFL games, and at 26 still has a number of good years ahead of him in the AFL system.
What we’d pay: A late third round pick.
Possible trade scenarios:
- Carlton trade Pick 54 for Nick Suban
- Geelong trade Pick 52 for Nick Suban
The Verdict:. The experience of Suban is his major asset. He can help a club looking for more experience or one in the premiership window. Not a flashy or overly skilled player, but he brings a deal of hard-nosed toughness to a club. 2016 was a poor one for him, but he is young enough to rebound from it.
Star rating: 2.5/5