Peter Wright reaches 20 goals quicker than the past four Coleman medallists

476070090GOLD Coast Suns forward Peter Wright is setting no limits on the beginning of a career already exceeding the output of some of the best goalkickers in the AFL.

Wright kicked the first five- goal haul of his young AFL career on Saturday against the Brisbane Lions to help guide the Suns to a 26-point win.

It was another big stride forward for the 203cm pillar who is developing rapidly and influencing the results of matches with his own boot.

If Wright did not earn an AFL Rising Star nomination last week then one would have been all but guaranteed after Saturday’s performance where he recorded the 20th goal of a career spanning 13 games.

Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade said he did not know many forwards in the game that have mirrored the feat.

So swift is the 19-year-old’s rise that his efforts in front of goal hold their own against any of the past four Coleman Medal winners going back six years, including Lance Franklin and Jack Riewoldt, who won it twice in that period.

The man nicknamed “two-metre Peter” said he had put no ceiling on what he could achieve in the AFL after becoming more comfortable.

“I’m not setting any limits,” Wright said. “I definitely feel more comfortable each week.

‘‘I’m still looking to really improve and get better each game.

“I’m putting a lot of work in throughout the week.

‘‘I don’t want to just rest on my laurels and expect it to happen.

“I feel like there is a lot of improvement in me and I’m just trying to maximise that as quickly as possible.”

Making his efforts all the more remarkable is the fact Wright isn’t even the Suns’ leading goalkicker.

The Victorian product is still perfecting his craft behind Gold Coast vice-captain Tom Lynch, similar to what Franklin did at the start of his career behind Jarryd Roughead.


Peter Wright: 20 goals from 13 games.

How many games it took recent Coleman Medal winners to get there:

2015 Josh Kennedy — 31

2014 Lance Franklin — 18

2013 Jarryd Roughead — 40

2012 Jack Riewoldt — 21