Lyons having a career best season

When Jarryd Lyons arrived at the Gold Coast Suns last year he didn’t know what to expect.

The Queensland club had battled on the field, and off it, appeared resigned to losing the likes of Jaeger O’Meara and Dion Prestia.

Upon walking inside the club’s four walls, however, everything was different to what had been suggested.

“Before I came to the Coast everyone said the culture of the club was poor,” Lyons toldAflplayers.com.au.

“But I’ve been nothing more than impressed. The boys have worked really hard and that was obvious from day one of pre-season.

“Obviously you hear things in the media, and you can speculate, but it’s definitely different to what I thought it would be like.”

If it wasn’t for coach Rodney Eade’s sales pitch, things could have quite easily been different.

Plenty of clubs were interested in the 24-year-old who had managed 20 games for the Crows in 2016. Yet, it was the Suns who eventually won the Victorian’s signature.

“I had a meeting with Rocket and all the club’s support staff. They spoke well and were open and honest with me about where the club was going and that sat well with me.

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