Jarrod Witts signs lengthy extension with GC Suns

JARROD Witts has shown his commitment to the Gold Coast Suns, inking a five year contract extension with the AFL club.

Witts, who was off contract at the end of the 2019 season, will be with the Suns until at least the end of the 2024 season.

The 26-year-old said it was an easy process in making the decision to commit to the club long term.

“There were no hesitations at all in re-signing, as soon as I moved up to the Gold Coast, I knew I loved the club and I can see what we are all working towards,” said Witts.

“We’ve got a lot of new faces this year, both on and off field, but everyone has really come together over the last few months.

“We’ve all put in a huge amount of work to start the pre-season and I’m looking forward to continuing that momentum as we get closer to Round 1.”

The former Collingwood player said he is feeling positive about where the Gold Coast can go in 2019 after a number of disappointing seasons.

“Our members and fans should be really excited in what we’re building towards,” he said.

“There has been a significant amount of change at the club in recent times and the boys have got full confidence in the program that the club has put in place, as a supporter I’d be really excited.”

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Qld teen hit and killed while “moving between cars”

A 17-year-old boy has died after being hit by a car in Brisbane.

Police say initial investigations suggest the boy was moving between cars travelling along Ipswich Road when he was struck by a passing vehicle around 9.50pm.

The boy suffered critical injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, a 52-year-old man, was not seriously injured.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

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Australia focusing on trade interests after Brexit rejection

Australian trade interests with Europe and the UK are up in the air, after a historic defeat of the Brexit deal.

The proposed Brexit deal was voted down 432-202 votes on Tuesday evening.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and her team had spent months preparing the deal which would facilitate the split of Britain from the European Union.

While the UK will now likely face a no-confidence motion, Australia is working on remaining calm and keeping trade stable by maintaining good relationships with overseas interests.

The fallout over the deal saw a slight dip in the pound, and the UK now faces leaving the European Union without a formal deal.

With all of the uncertainty on the table for Britain, Australia has established a working group to continue negotiations with the European Union and keep trade flowing nicely.

The deadline for Brexit is now approaching (March 29), with the pressure mounting on Britain to decide whether they should leave Europe at all.

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Bernard Tomic launches verbal attack on Lleyton Hewitt

Bernard Tomic has unleashed a scathing verbal attack on Aussie tennis great Lleyton Hewitt.

The 26-year-old had just gone down to Marin Cilic 6-2 6-4 7-6 at the Australian Open on Monday night, when he unleashed on Hewitt, who is the Australian Davis Cup captain.

“It’s all Lleyton. I’m going to say it honestly. No one likes him any more,” Tomic said at a press conference following the match.

“He is doing the wrong thing, he is playing Davis Cup – I thought he was retired, he is playing all these matches and stuff like that.

“I did a bit of work with him a couple of years ago. He used to hate Tennis Australia, it’s weird and now he loves them. What’s happened here?”

Tomic continued by claiming that Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios also don’t want to play for Australia under Hewitt’s leadership.

“Kokkinakis, Kyrgios, we don’t want to play any more because he has ruined the system. Go away. Literally, if he is retired why is he still in tennis? Why do you play these doubles tournaments?” he said.

“He doesn’t put the players first from what I hear, in the last year he doesn’t put the players first, he doesn’t put Nick first, doesn’t put Kokkinakis first, he thinks of himself and it is not good he is not playing any more – you are retired I thought.”

Hewitt and Tennis Australia are yet to comment on the accusations.

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Motorist hospitalised after car crashes into tree on Gold Coast

One person has been taken to hospital after a car crashed into a tree on the Gold Coast overnight.

The accident happened on Highfield Drive at Merrimac around 9.30pm.

The driver of the vehicle was treated at the scene by paramedics for minor injuries.

The patient was then taken to Robina Hospital in a stable condition.

It was a busy night for paramedics and emergency crews on the coast, who also responded to a serious tour bus crash in the hinterland around 8.00pm.

Six people were taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with various minor injuries, whilst the driver of the vehicle was flown to hospital in a serious but stable condition.