Jack Martin is being targeted by Essendon ahead of the trade period. Pic: Getty Images
Jack Martin is being targeted by Essendon ahead of the trade period. Pic: Getty Images

Bombers eye another speedy Sun

JACK Martin is the latest Gold Coast Sun weighing up his future with Essendon among a host of rival clubs pursuing the prodigiously-talented forward.

Martin has not requested a trade from the Suns but is interested in joining the Bombers, who have long been admirers.

Martin, 23, is contracted to Gold Coast for 2019 and while a lot of work would need to be done to secure a trade, he remains a chance to leave the club.

It's understood the Suns, who have already lost co-captain Tom Lynch and could also see Steven May depart, are reluctant to deal on the former No.1 draft pick.

The Bombers are among a number of clubs interested in Martin, the club having made contact with his management regarding a potential trade.

Jack Martin averaged 18 disposals in 2018. Pic: Getty Images
Jack Martin averaged 18 disposals in 2018. Pic: Getty Images

The Suns secured Martin after selecting him with the first pick in 2012's mini-draft - having handed over the No.2 pick to GWS for that year's national draft.

After making his debut in 2014, he has since played 81 matches across five seasons.

Lightly-framed but possessing sublime skills, the WA product has battled shoulder and soft-tissue injuries throughout his time at AFL level.

However he has enormous ability, his speed and goal-kicking nous appealing to an Essendon side that narrowly missed the finals.

Last year Essendon was one of the key players of the AFL exchange period. bringing in former Sun Adam Saad along with Jake Stringer and Devon Smith.