Defender Lachie Weller has signed a four-year contract extension to remain at the Gold Coast SUNS until at least the end of 2026.

Weller has played 80 games for the SUNS since joining the club in 2018 and said he was excited to extend his future on the Coast.

“The Gold Coast and this club is my home so I can’t wait to continue my career here for at least another four years,” Weller said.

“We’ve got a fantastic group of people here, both players and staff, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else to be honest.

“You can feel we’re on the verge of history at the SUNS so I’m hoping I can be a part of that in the years to come.”

Weller has played 11 games this season and was in career-best form before rupturing his ACL in Round 12 in Darwin.

Currently in the rehab group, the 26-year-old will be eyeing an AFL return mid-season in 2023.

GC SUNS General Manager of Player Talent and Strategy Craig Cameron said Weller remained an important player in the club’s future.

“Lachie has been playing some really good football in the last couple of seasons and has been missed since going down with his knee injury,” Cameron said.

“He’s entering the prime of his career so we can’t wait to see him back out on the field to help us win games of football next year.”

Weller joins Caleb Graham in signing a new four-year contract this week, with the pair following the likes of Touk Miller, Ben King, Jack Lukosius, Connor Budarick, Mac Andrew, Elijah Hollands and Stuart Dew to also extend this year.