Suns star says yes to contract extension

HARLEY Bennell agreed to extend his stay with the Gold Coast Suns on Friday. reported he would stay put for an additional three years, meaning he would be locked in until the end of 2017.
Bennell reportedly highlighted his ambition to taste the ultimate team success with the Suns.

“We are a really tight group, we have been through the hard times together, our journey has been unique and we are as determined as ever to share that success that every player wants.

“We think we have made up significant ground over the last couple of years but we know that if we are to achieve the success that we all want in the future, that the hard work has only just begun,” Bennell said.

The 22-year-old re-signed on the eve of the GC Suns’ match against the West Coast Eagles in Perth on Saturday.


He joined fellow West Australians David Swallow and Brandon Matera and teammates, Steven May, Sam Day, Kade Kolodjashnij and Sean Lemmens in recommitting to the club recently.

GC Suns List & Strategy Manager, Scott Clayton, said the club was ecstatic to retain Bennell.

“Harley is an extremely important player for us and we are really pleased to be in a position to confirm he has agreed to terms for a further three seasons.”

“We believe Harley has the ability to be one of the competition’s elite players and we take great confidence out of his commitment and belief in the club’s future direction.”

Bennell has played 55 games with the GC Suns since making his debut as an 18-year-old in the club’s inaugural match against Carlton in 2011. He was runner-up to captain Gary Ablett in the 2012 Club Champion award and finished tenth last season after playing 15 games in 2013.