WITH just two games left of the AFL season proper, the Gold Coast Suns have confirmed the resigning of two key players.
Both Michael Rischitelli and Jesse Lonergan have put pen to paper this week, recommitting to the local side.
Veteran, Rischitelli, 29, has played 197 AFL games and has this season taken in his stride the on-field role of acting captain in Gary Ablett’s absence.
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“2015 has been a tough year, but I really believe we have learnt more as a group in 2015 as we ever have before,” Rischitelli said.
“I’m really pleased to extend my contract, especially as the future direction of the club has never been clearer.”
Lonergan, 20, is just starting his career but has been one of the highlights for the SUNS in 2015, putting a horror run of injures behind him to play 16 AFL games this season.
“I’m rapt to have re-signed, the club has been really good to me and I plan to repay them in the future,” the Tasmanian said.
“I definitely feel as though 2015 will be a defining year for our club. We really want to build something pretty special and after a challenging year we are all pretty excited about the direction we are heading.”
The Suns play Essendon at Metricon Stadium tonight, with first bounce at 7.20pm.