Ballard pens new Suns deal

04 December 2020 20:20:36 GMTPlus11

Gold Coast Suns have been boosted by the news Charlie Ballard has signed a four-year contract extension with the club.

The 21-year-old was a revelation for the Suns last season, becoming one of the best defenders in the competition, and he will now remain with the club until at least the end of the 2025 season.

The youngster played in 16 games in 2020 and is now looking forward to continuing his career on the Gold Coast.

"It’s awesome to be able to secure my future at the Suns and sign on long-term," Ballard told the club's website.

"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 is the latest young player to commit his future to club, following on from Matt Rowell, Noah Anderson and Connor Budarick.

And Suns General Manager – Football Operations Jon Haines admitted they are expecting big things from Ballard under the leadership of head coach Stuart Dew 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. His commitment is another sign of the belief within the playing group as we enter the 2021 pre-season," Haines added.

The Suns are priced at 60/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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