Michael Barlow in action for the Dockers this year.
Michael Barlow in action for the Dockers this year. JULIAN SMITH

Suns welcome Barlow but lose youngster

AFL: It was one in, one out at the Gold Coast Suns.

Former Fremantle onballer Michael Barlow moved east as a delisted free agent after being cut from the Dockers at the end of last season.

Moving in the opposite direction was Jarrod Garlett, who was granted a release from the club to deal with personal issues in Western Australia.

Garlett, 20, signed a two-year deal with the Suns in August but was allowed to leave, with the club saying he would not be able to play AFL for another club until 2019.

Barlow, 28, who played 126 games for the Dockers after being drafted as a rookie in 2009, said he was thrilled to join the Suns.

"The opportunity that arose and the presentation Marcus Ashcroft and Rodney Eade put to me was at the high end, and the demographic of the group as well,” he said.

"I'm just super excited to come to a group that sees real worth for my attributes ... There's a real excitement around the group. Speaking to guys like David Swallow, Michael Rischitelli, they can't speak highly enough of where this club's going and the dynamics of it internally.

"There's perception but then there's reality, and I take what Rischitelli, (Matt) Rosa and all that tell me on face value and can't wait to crack in and get to work as early as November 21 and enjoy becoming a Queenslander for at least the next two years.”

Meanwhile, former St Kilda and North Melbourne midfielder Nick Dal Santo has called time on his 15-year career.

Along with Brent Harvey, Drew Petrie and Michael Firrito, Dal Santo, 32, was told in August he would not get a new contract with the Kangaroos.

He said he had thought about playing on but posted on Instagram yesterday he would look for a career in coaching, media and the corporate world.

"After 15 years of highs and lows, I can now say that this chapter of my life is behind me. With mixed emotions and lots of processing, I'm excited about what's ahead,” he said.

"I have learnt so much from my time in the game and those who I've encountered on the way, which has put me in a great position to prepare for what's ahead.”


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