Gold Coast SUNS star midfielder Noah Anderson has proven his long-term loyalty to the club after penning a four-year contract extension.
The 21-year-old established himself as a star of the future with a career-best season in 2022 and is set to continue delighting SUNS fans through until the end of the 2027 season.The emerging leader says he’s hungry to continue leading the playing group to achieve success on the Gold Coast.
“It’s really exciting. Gold Coast has felt like home since I was drafted and the playing group continue to drive me forward as a player and a person,” Anderson said.
“I feel at home and this is the best place for me to play footy.
“We want to play finals, that’s a big goal for us this year and the years ahead. Premierships is what we want and to make the community proud of us.”
Since being taken with the second pick in the 2019 NAB AFL Draft, Anderson has led by example with his actions both on and off the field setting the standards within the playing group.
The 21-year-old earned a spot in the SUNS’ leadership group in 2022 in a career-best year which included 14 Brownlow Medal votes and Club Champion runner-up honours from an average of 26.1 disposals per game.
He will forever be enshrined in SUNS folklore with a goal after the siren sealing a remarkable come-from-behind victory against Richmond at Metricon Stadium.
“We have great role models at the club and I’m still learning from them, and then trying to part that knowledge on to the younger boys coming through,” Anderson added.
“I feel like I can have an impact on the team on and off the field and I’m excited for what the next few years has to bring.”
Anderson’s re-signing comes a month after former top draft pick Matt Rowell also committed his future to the club, signing on until the end of 2025.
GC SUNS General Manager of Player Talent and Strategy Craig Cameron says Anderson’s extension is a further example of the hunger for success within the playing group.
“We are thrilled to have Noah commit to the club for four more years,” Cameron said.
“He joins a number of players to have committed their long term future to the club as we look to contend and achieve success at the Gold Coast SUNS.”
Since debuting in Round 1, 2020, Anderson has missed just three matches, playing 58 games and kicking 15 goals.
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