Friday, 12 February 2021
Gold Coast coach
Stuart Dew plans to push Izak Rankine into the Suns' midfield in 2021.
"Although at the time a lot of people thought we were drafting an exciting forward pocket, we thought we were drafting a very, very good footballer that could play in the midfield and go forward," Dew said.
"We also think he can be a lot more consistent than perhaps what people think, and less of the highlight reel and more consistently influencing passages of play. He'll definitely push up into the midfield at different times because he seems to create things when he's around the ball."
Saturday, 18 July 2020
Izak Rankine kicks a remarkable
goal from a soccer off the ground while off-balance and surrounded by several Sydney players.
"It's something he practices. For any kids out there watching, he doesn't fluke that. He practices those things," Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew said about the goal.
"He just looks like he's enjoying his football and so he should, because he's missed a lot and that's the thing he loves. It's exciting for us to see."
Monday, 13 July 2020
Izak Rankine is the 2020 AFL Rising Star nominee
for round 6 after kicking 3 goals from 12 disposals in his debut game for the Suns against Melbourne.
"As soon as I got out there and having those warm-up kicks and seeing the stadium, I knew this was the place I was meant to be. As soon as I saw that and stepped across that white line all those nerves turned into excitement," Rankine said.
"I obviously didn't expect to kick a few goals like that and play that well but just leading into the game my main focus was to play my role for the team."
Rankine had to bide his time over a span of 20 months as he battled with injuries and setbacks before his eventual debut.
"Doubts started to creep in when I hurt myself at the start of this year. The support around me within my family and the club and all the boys and Tristan Coulter, the psychologist at the club, I had a great support base and that was the main thing," he said.
"Whenever I did get down I'd make sure I'd reach out and talk to someone and make sure I wasn't there by myself letting those four walls close in on me."
Saturday, 11 April 2020
Izak Rankine says moving in with Gold Coast dietician Ben Parker has done wonders for his health and fitness.
"It's all about knowing what to eat before or after training and on high or low (intensity) days. He's (Parker) taught me pretty much everything," Rankine said.
"When I started eating what's really good for me, my body has started feeling a lot better, so have my joints and it's had a better impact on my lifestyle which was the best benefit."
It's been a long and frustrating wait for Rankine who has yet to make his debut due to injuries and, more recently, the suspension of the 2020 AFL season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
"I'll be just able to breathe a little bit when I get that first game," he said.
"Obviously, it's not everything, I want to make sure I set myself up for the rest of my career, that'd be just a big weight off my shoulders."
Thursday, 15 August 2019
Izak Rankine will play just his second NEAFL game of the season this week after overcoming a hip injury when the Suns take on the Swans at Sydney's Tramway Oval.
"He has demonstrated an impressive level of diligence throughout his first year at the club and while it has been frustrating at times, we have no doubt the experience is going to hold him in great stead going into 2020 and beyond," Gold Coast football manager Jon Haines said about Rankine.
Thursday, 11 July 2019
Izak Rankine signs a two-year contract extension to remain at the club until the end of 2022.
"Since I've arrived, I've loved my time on the Coast," Rankine said.
"I've learnt so much about footy and my body and am looking forward to continuing that over the coming years.
"There have been so many different people who have invested their time in me, I can’t wait to repay them."
Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Izak Rankine is finally ready to return to action this week via the NEAFL from hamstring issues that have plagued his year.
"We can't wait to have him back," Gold Coast co-captain David Swallow said.
"We only had a small snippet of it (his ability) but we know he's got a lot of attributes and can't wait to have him out there and see what he can do."
Wednesday, 15 May 2019
Izak Rankine believes being of indigenous origin led to suggestions he would be a 'flight risk' at last year's draft.
"Coming from an indigenous background there can be a label on you that you want to stay home with your mob and with your family. But for me personally, my family told me to go and do whatever," Rankine said.
"If I ended up at Gold Coast, or Melbourne or in Western Australia, that was all right, I just want to pursue my dream and put the name out there."
Rankine has played minimal football thus far in 2019 due to hamstring issues but says he has settled into the Suns seamlessly.
"I haven't been homesick so far and I don't think I will be. I love it up here so much. I miss my family, but I'd rather they move up here than me go back if anything," he said.
"It's a bit better up here, it's more laid back, you don't get hassled and it's a good place for football to thrive and become really big on the coast. I'm happy to help do that and get around to communities."
Wednesday, 8 May 2019
Izak Rankine suffers a major setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury and could miss another six weeks.
The No.3 draft pick was due to play his first game for Gold Coast's NEAFL team this weekend but has aggravated the injury he picked up in the JLT Series in March.
Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Izak Rankine will miss up to eight weeks with a hamstring injury sustained during the Suns' JLT Community Series loss to Sydney in Lismore.
"Given the specifics of Izak's injury, the explosive nature with which he plays the game and where he is at in his career, we’ll take a responsible approach with Izak and make sure his rehabilitation is thorough and sets him up well moving forwards," Gold Coast's head of physiotherapy Lindsay Bull said.
Sunday, 3 February 2019
Izak Rankine is the sixth of seven children to Ronald and Kerry, and it doesn't take long chatting with the 18-year-old before talk switches to his family.
"My family is big and we've always been tight knit. They were just happy to see someone in the family had made it," he said.
"I'm just waiting to pounce, take my opportunity and shine, do my thing and make everyone proud back home.
"I love my family. I've always had their support from the start and now I'm going to have to be my own man, do my own thing and hopefully I make them proud."
Monday, 28 January 2019
Izak Rankine says he hopes to live up the hype surrounding his game, particularly his exploits close to goal.
"It's good to hear but you don't take much notice, it's just me playing footy, having fun and if people take it that way that's cool," he said.
"I go out and have fun and try and entertain the crowd. You want people to come and watch you and have a good time."
Friday, 23 November 2018
Gold Coast select Izak Rankine with pick No.3 in the 2018 National Draft.
He’s been touted as arguably the most exciting player in this year’s draft pool, and Rankine says he is confident he can live up to the hype.
“I think they can expect that (X-factor) with the years to come but (I’ve) just got to do the hard work and see what happens,” he said.
“I’m just going to bring X-factor and push the team forward and we’re going to really put an emphasis on being a better team.”
Monday, 15 October 2018
Port Adelaide has fired a warning shot at Gold Coast, declaring it would back itself to lure highly rated draftees Jack Lukosius or Izak Rankine back home if the Suns recruit either of them.
"If Lukosius and Rankine end up going to Gold Coast, we're probably pretty happy to try to get them back in a few years' time," Cripps said.
"It's interesting, because then it just becomes a two-horse race between us and the Crows, as opposed to a Victorian kid that wants to come back home, who has potentially got 10 options."
Thursday, 4 October 2018
Top draft prospect Izak Rankine blitzes the field to win the NAB AFL Draft Combine's agility test.
Rankine showed off his ability to weave through traffic by completing the agility run in 8.039 seconds.