The Gold Coast SUNS have locked away two important players for the future in Sam Day and Sean Lemmens.
Day has extended his contract until the end of 2023, while Lemmens will be contracted until the end of the 2024 AFL season.
A shift to half-back in the pre-season saw Lemmens have one of the best seasons in his career in 2021, playing 21 games which culminated in a seventh-place finish in the SUNS Club Champion.
“I love this club and what we are building here so am super excited to be extending my contract for another three years,” Lemmens said.
“I was really pleased to be able to play some consistent football this season and am looking forward to continuing to bring my best in the years to come.”
Day played just the six games of AFL football in 2021 after a knee injury in Round 2 saw him sidelined for close to three months.
He returned to play four more games before injuring his foot in Round 17 in what was his last AFL appearance of the year.
Day however remains a crucial component of the structure of the SUNS forward line moving forward, providing valuable support for fellow key forward Ben King.
“I know my best football is still ahead of me and I’m determined to achieve success with this group we have together,” Day said.
“I see a really bright future for the club and want to play a role in that moving forward.”
GC SUNS General Manager of Player Talent and Strategy Craig Cameron said the pair were significant re-signings for the club.
“It was really important that we were able to re-sign Sam and Sean as we see both of them as key members of our team over the coming years.
“Sean had his best season yet in SUNS colours and has developed into a highly-respected Indigenous leader at the club.
“While Sam had an interrupted year with injury, he still has a lot of high-quality football in front of him and we see him as an experienced key pillar in our forward line structure.”