Emerging star Bailey Humphrey has locked in his future at the Gold Coast SUNS, signing a four-year contract extension through until the end of 2028.

Drafted with pick 6 in the 2022 AFL Draft, Humphrey has slotted in seamlessly at AFL level, playing eight games while also booting six goals.

The 18-year-old continues to improve with each game, recording 19, 26, 20 and 15 disposals in each of his last four games respectively.

“I am so excited to sign with the SUNS long-term and continue my career on the Gold Coast,” Humphrey said.

“The SUNS have been unbelievable at helping me settle into my new home and I’ve honestly loved every minute of being at this club.

“The people are so genuine, I love my teammates, I love my coaches, and that’s why I’ve signed on. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else to be honest.”

Humphrey received a Rising Star nomination in Round 6, contributing 20 disposals, five tackles and a goal in the win over West Coast.

He was even better the next week, with 26 disposals, five clearances and a goal in his first QClash, followed by Round 11 where he iced the game with a match-winning goal in Darwin against the Western Bulldogs.

“Since joining the club, Bailey has done nothing but impress us, so we are pleased to be able to secure him on a long-term deal,” GC SUNS General Manager of Player Talent and Strategy Craig Cameron said.

“He is a really mature young man and has loved the environment we’ve created at the SUNS, so we’re looking forward to watching him continue to grow and contribute to our club in the years to come.”

Humphrey was drafted out of Moe in regional Victoria, and captained the Gippsland Power prior to being drafted to the SUNS.

The midfielder was originally contracted until 2024, with his new deal locking him in until at least the end of the 2028 season.