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SUNS to celebrate Karmichael

The best of Karmichael A collection of Karmichael Hunt highlights from his time at the Gold Coast SUNS

Gold Coast SUNS members and supporters will be given the opportunity to celebrate the unique and successful journey of Karmichael Hunt at Metricon Stadium on Sunday.

The tri-code pioneer has confirmed he will continue his professional career away from the GC SUNS in 2015.

"It has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and while in 2014 I've had my fair share of injuries, I'm looking forward to saying thank you and farewell to our fans on Sunday at Metricon Stadium," Hunt said.

Hunt admitted his decision to prolong his sporting career away from the SUNS in 2015 was a considered and emotional one.

"My family and I have been considering my next step as an athlete for some time, and as a result, now is right time for my playing career with the Gold Coast SUNS to come to an end.

"I will be forever grateful to the AFL and Gold Coast SUNS for giving me such an amazing opportunity. I've enjoyed every aspect of it and the game and the SUNS will always be part of mine and my family's life.

"There are far too many people to thank for helping me to achieve what I have been able to do in the game, but to the coaches and support staff, my teammates and our ever-growing fan base, I thank you for your direction, guidance and importantly your support.

"It has been an amazing challenge and an incredibly fulfilling one, and I wish the Gold Coast SUNS all the very best in the future," Hunt said.

Hunt, 27, remains in the mix for senior selection in what would be his 45th and final game for the GC SUNS.


Karmichael Hunt after kicking the winning goal following the siren against Richmond in 2012
 

Gold Coast SUNS CEO, Travis Auld, praised Hunt's achievement, dedication and role in establishing the Gold Coast Football Club.

"Karmichael Hunt's role in establishing us as an AFL club will never be underestimated by those close to our football club.

"Karmichael has delivered far more the we could have ever hoped for when we signed him in 2009 and with his assistance and dedication, the Gold Coast SUNS have found a place in the hearts and minds of many Queenslanders."


Karmichael Hunt and GC SUNS Chief Executive Officer Travis Auld at Hunt's unveiling in 2009

Auld said the Gold Coast would have the chance to celebrate Hunt's achievement on Sunday against the West Coast Eagles at Metricon Stadium. 

"On Sunday we will not only celebrate Karmichael's contribution and legacy to the Gold Coast SUNS and AFL in Queensland, but on a grander scale, celebrate one of Australian sport's most significant achievements; an athlete who has played at the elite level of three of popular sporting codes in rugby league, rugby union and AFL.

"We invite sporting fans across south east Queensland to Metricon Stadium on Sunday afternoon to celebrate Karmichael's achievement and contribution to the Gold Coast SUNS, AFL, rugby league and union and wish him well as he continues his remarkable journey as one of Australian sport's favourite athletes," Auld said.

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