A player I'd love to see the Dee's aggressively pursue is Izak Rankine of the Gold Coast Suns. After going at pick 3 behind Sam Walsh and Jack Lukosius in the 2018 'super draft' Izak Rankine hasn't delivered on his freakish potential... yet. Many experts had Izak as the number 1 pick in that draft with some saying he could even become the best player in the competition.
Izak didn't feature in the 2019 season due to persistent hamstring and hip injuries. He had to wait until the 2020 season to debut after missing a full year of footy and has to be forgiven for only showing us flashes of brilliance in what was a quiet debut year as a forward in a struggling team.
Watch: 2020 Highlights
Izak didn't come on the way many expected he would in 2021 and in some respects appeared to have gone backwards. It is easy to forget that he is playing as a small forward in a team that finished 16th and came into the season having only played 12 AFL games. Despite having a poor year, there were still many moments that Izak was doing things that very few players can do.
Watch: 2021 Highlights
Izak is contracted until the end of the 2022 season and if the Suns have another poor year then Izak will be viewed as one part of the out of contract group that are seen as gettable (King, Lukosius, Rankine). While I'd love to see us make a play for King, he would cost 2 early first rounders which we simply won't be able to come up with. Rankines worth will be much harder to quanitify, the Suns might just let him go for a mid to end of first rounder if he doesn't perform in 2022 and the dee's would be able to find a way to get that done if that is the case. The big danger is that Izak has his breakout year this year and drives his price up or starts enjoying playing for Gold Coast.
Reasons why we should pursue him:
He has the talent to be a top 10 player in the competition
He's only 21
We'd likely be getting him for less than he's worth
Paired with Kozzie Pickett we'd have the two best small forwards in the game for the next 8+ years
A great match for both parties with the Demons being the perfect system for him to realise his potential
Reasons why we shouldn't pursue him:
His attitude has been questioned and might not have the application required to realise his potential
He has apparently expressed interest in returning to Adelaide though this is unconfirmed
If he has a breakout year and becomes the elite talent many think he can become, then his price may become too high
This opportunity reminds me a lot of when GWS were trying to give away Toby Greene for a packet of crisps or when Richmond couldn't get a pick to satisfy them for Dustin Martin. Not that they are shopping him around, but there is potential to get one of the games brightest young talents for an absolute bargain and I hope the Dees are doing everything they can to get him. The two SA clubs will be circling like vultures and as one of the best run clubs in the country I expect us to be too.