Emerging Gold Coast SUNS midfielder Sam Flanders has signed a four-year contract extension through until the end of 2027.

The extension was announced live on stage at the Gold Coast SUNS Club Champion after Flanders claimed the 2023 Best Emerging Player award.

“I’m super excited to announce I’ve signed on long-term with the club,” Flanders said.

“I feel I am starting to play some high quality football for the club and love the playing group here, they really make me feel at home.

“I can’t wait for what’s to come next year and really wanted to be a key part of the next chapter with the Gold Coast SUNS.”

Despite a knee injury interrupting his season mid-year, Flanders has thrived with added responsibility in the midfield to finish the year in barnstorming fashion.

Returning to the AFL lineup in Round 15, Flanders averaged 29 disposals and five clearances per game for the final 10 matches of the year.

Gold Coast SUNS General Manager of Player Talent and Strategy Craig Cameron said the club was pleased to retain a player of Flanders’ calibre.

“Sam had a terrific pre-season which set the foundation for his impressive last half of 2023 after an injury-interrupted start,” Cameron said.

“He has shown what he is capable of at AFL level this year so we are thrilled to have Sam commit with us for another four years.”

The 22-year-old from Fish Creek notched 14 matches in 2023 and has played 44 games in his four seasons at the club.