The Gold Coast Suns have managed to lock down Ben King for another couple of seasons, with a contract extension.
Following a debut season of 14 games, 7 goals and a rising star nomination, King will now remain on the Gold Coast until the end of 2022.
The announcement shuts down chatter that King was headed south, to play alongside his twin brother Max at St Kilda.
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The 19-year-old says it was an easy decision to remain at the club, after an enjoyable first season.
“Since the end of the season I’ve taken the opportunity to reflect on my first year.
“I’m loving my time at the club, am excited by the challenge we have in front of us and have confidence we can achieve all we want to in the future.
“Everyone at the club has made my family and I feel extremely welcome which helped with making the transition to be a professional footballer in the AFL.
“It’s clear to see the direction of the footy club, we’ve got a great group of players and people who are all buying into the club’s vision and that’s definitely something I was keen to be a part of.
“I’m looking forward to putting my head down, continuing to work hard on developing my game and setting us up for a big 2020 season,” King said.
Chief Executive Mark Evans says King’s decision to extend has reinforced the Sun’s end of season ‘reset’ strategy last year.
“We’ve made significant changes to our football program, this has been led by Jon Haines Craig Cameron and Stuart Dew and it’s pleasing to see players and staff buying into our vision for the club.
“Throughout 2019 we’ve re-signed 15 players and the playing group deserves strong acknowledgement in building great relationships and continuing to do what is best for the club. The connection and cohesion within the group will only deepen as the group continues to develop together.
“We are thrilled that Ben has joined an ever-growing list of players to extend their playing contracts with the club and his signature generates excitement for our players and staff and importantly our members and fans,” Mr Evans said.