Jack Lukosius and Joel Jeffrey have felt the best and worst of AFL life on a day of vastly contrasting fortunes at Gold Coast.
Lukosius has re-signed with the Suns for four years in a massive boost for the expansion club.
But his news was announced three days after coach Stuart Dew’s heart sank, when Jeffrey became the latest Gold Coast player to have his season ended prematurely by injury.
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Lukosius, the No.2 pick in the 2018 draft, has resisted the lure of returning home to Adelaide.
No.6 pick Ben King re-signed earlier this year, leaving No.3 selection Izak Rankine, also from Adelaide, as the last of their big three from the 2018 to confirm his future.
“I couldn’t be happier to commit for four more years at the Suns, I’m really grateful that they’ve showed the faith in me to play here and I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” Lukosius said in a club statement.
“It was a decision that I wanted to come to myself, I didn’t want to rush it or be influenced by anyone else. I clearly took my time and it’s one that I couldn’t be happier with.
The important news about Lukosius was tempered by Jeffrey’s rotten luck.
Just days after Will Powell was ruled out for the remainder of 2022 following his sickening ankle break, the forward was given the bad news his campaign was over as well.
Jeffrey was sent off for scans after feeling pain in his knee during Sunday’s 43-point win over Adelaide.
The scan revealed a lateral meniscus tear and the 20-year-old underwent surgery earlier this week to ascertain the extent of the damage.
Dew was left shocked when surgery revealed it was a serious injury.
“It’s one we were really surprised by given it wasn’t too sore (on Sunday),” Dew said.
“But when he walked in on Monday hobbling my heart sank a bit because I was just disappointed for him. He’s done a lot of work to get to where he is.
“You just want your young lads playing.”
Jeffrey shot to prominence with a five-goal haul against the Western Bulldogs in round 10.
He has played nine games since making his debut last year but will now prepare himself for 2023.
Powell underwent surgery earlier this week after suffering a fracture and ligament damage to his right ankle.
The injury, in which Powell’s ankle was bent sideways, was so gruesome the broadcaster chose not to replay it.
Powell says the surgery went well and he thanked supporters for their well wishes.
King also is not playing this season because of a February knee reconstruction.
Gold Coast (7-6) have won five of their past six games to catapult themselves into the finals mix.
The Suns face Port Adelaide (6-7) at Adelaide Oval on Sunday in a fixture crucial to the finals hopes of both sides.
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