The Gold Coast SUNS wish to farewell Hannah Dunn after the 30-year-old informed the club of her decision to pursue an opportunity with an AFLW expansion club next season.

Dunn has served as captain of the SUNS during the 2022 NAB AFLW Premiership Season after sharing the responsibility as co-captain in 2021.

She has played 24 games for the SUNS since joining the club in the 2019 NAB AFLW Draft with pick 22.

Gold Coast SUNS Head of Women’s Football Fiona Sessarago thanked Dunn for her service to the club since its foundation season and wished her the best for the future.

“Hannah has played a large role in our AFLW program over the last three seasons, including taking on the responsibility as captain for the last two years,” Sessarago said.

“Hannah’s leadership has developed immensely since she joined the club and we are extremely thankful for her efforts in establishing the foundations of our AFLW program and driving the culture and standards within our group.

“Although it is unfortunate to see Hannah go, we were prepared for the possibility to lose players during this expansion period and are pleased to have been able to retain the young core of our playing list for next season.”

Dunn said she was thankful to the SUNS and the Gold Coast community for the opportunity to live out her dream of playing AFLW football.

“It’s been an honour to wear the SUNS jumper and lead such an inspirational group of players for the last couple of seasons,” Dunn said.

“This club and its people will always hold a special place in my heart, it has been my home away from home and the people have become my family.

“To my teammates, who were there for me through the highs and lows, as a team we’ve created history and made so many incredible memories which I will be forever grateful for.

“Thank you to all the supporters and partners for believing in us and showing up to support us no matter what.”

The AFLW expansion period concludes on Monday May 30 at 2pm AEST, before the Sign & Trade window opens on Tuesday May 31 at 9am AEST.