Gold Coast SUNS vice-captain Touk Miller will be a SUN for life after signing a five-year contract extension, committing his future to the club until the end of the 2027 Premiership Season.
Miller took his game to new heights in 2021, a season which saw him win his maiden Club Champion and rewarded with All Australian selection as he broke the AFL record for the most consecutive games with 30+ disposals (16).
Following his passionate speech at the Club Champion Awards night in September, Miller said Gold Coast was his home and he was committed to driving the club towards success.
“I’m super grateful and humbled to be extending my contract for another five years,” Miller said.
“I think it’s a really exciting time to be a part of this club and what we’re going to do going forward, so I was absolutely over the moon to extend.
“To see success at this club, I think it’s really important that I’m here for that and I get to be a part of that, it will be pretty special.”
Miller joined the SUNS in 2014 after being selected with pick 29 in the NAB AFL Draft.
He was first elevated into the leadership group in just his third season of AFL football and was officially appointed as vice-captain in 2019.
The 25-year-old said it was an honour to be a leader of the club and hoped he could continue to inspire his teammates to their best.
“I think moving forward there’s still so much growth and opportunity,” Miller said.
“Now that I’ve had a taste for that success individually I’d love to transfer that to more success for the team.
“I think as the team gets better, I’ll get better, my teammates will get better.
“We’ve got some players in our team that are going to be far greater than I am as a player and that’s off the back of us being really successful as a team and working together really strongly.
“I’m looking forward to that, it’s going to be an unbelievable journey and an unbelievable ride.”
Miller averaged 32 disposals, seven tackles and six clearances per game in 2021.
Showing their commitment to the club alongside Miller, major partner Austworld has also extended their contract with the SUNS for a further three years.
Austworld will retain their Official Naming Rights position of the SUNS’ elite training and administration facility along with prominent branding on the club’s playing and training shorts, as well as the sleeves of the club’s media polo.