Making his AFL debut in Round 7, 2018, Charlie Ballard went on to play 11 matches in his debut year with the Gold Coast SUNS. Ballard started off as a pressure half-forward but was swung into defence later in the season where he impressed with his ability to read the ball, intercept and rebound. Ballard could be a breakout contender in 2019 and will be pushing for a regular senior spot.
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