Time for Charlotte to cement a home

CHARLOTTE Wilson is someone who can reliably do a job, but has been struggling for game time for the past several years.

After crossing from Carlton to Melbourne ahead of Season 7, Wilson struggled to break into the impressively strong Melbourne defence and was forced to watch on the sidelines as the Dees went on to win the flag in her first year at the club.

But now in search of better opportunities, she has found her way to the Gold Coast Suns, traded as part of an 11-team monster trade just a few weeks ago.

The Suns did have an improved year in Season 8 and made a return to the finals, but were sent packing in the first week by the Sydney Swans. In securing Wilson, the Suns fill one of the last major holes they have in their squad dynamic.

They have one of the strongest up and coming young rucks in Lauren Bella, a midfield consisting of the likes of Charlie Rowbottom and Claudia Whitfort, and a dangerous forwardline that has a good combination of talls and smalls.

However, one thing they did not have a lot of was tall defenders. They had Lauren Ahrens and Clara Fitzpatrick, but with some teams having multiple key targets and Ahrens now a Bulldog, there was a gap that needed to be filled.

Enter Wilson, who now has an opportunity to really cement herself as a starting key defender.

She is strong so will not get pushed out of the way easily in any situation, and despite her 177cm stature, is a lot more mobile than many other key defenders, a crucial asset in the modern game. She is also someone with a clean and reliable grab overhead.

She also brings another level of experience to what is somewhat of a young and inexperienced Suns defence.

Although Wilson has struggled for game time in more recent seasons she is up to 30 games already, which of the current Suns defenders is only bettered by Vivien Saad. Wilson coming in, alongside Katie Lynch from the Bulldogs, also provides the experience of the set up of multiple clubs.

Most of the Suns defenders have only played for one club, so bringing in someone with experience from other clubs can bring different ideas and adaptable options. Wilson in particular has experience from being at a premiership club, and although she did not play in that Grand Final, she knows what it takes to get a team to that day.

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