THE Gold Coast Suns have secured another one of their rising stars on a massive contract.
The AFL club have announced rising star Charlie Ballard has inked a four-year contract extension which will see him remain a Sun until the end of the 2025 season.
Ballard played 16 games in the 2020 season finished seventh overall in the competition for intercept marks. He was also recognised for his outstanding season with a nomination in the AFL Players’ Association’s 22 Under 22 squad.
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“It’s awesome to be able to secure my future at the Suns and sign on long-term,” Ballard said.
“I love living on the Gold Coast and playing for the Suns. We’ve got an exciting future ahead so it was a pretty easy decision in the end.
“We have such a great young core group of committed players here, but now it’s up to us to make sure we achieve success and make our supporters proud.”
Ballard’s long-term deal follows those of fellow young stars Matt Rowell, Noah Anderson and Connor Budarick this year.
General Manager of Football Operations, Jon Haines, said the club was excited to watch Ballard develop further over the next four years.
“Charlie is a young man of tremendous character who has quickly become an integral part of the fabric of our club,” Haines said.
“His commitment is another sign of the belief within the playing group as we enter the 2021 pre-season.”