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'I can't fault the joint': Young Sun right at home in north

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 01: Ben King of the Suns celebrates kicking a goal during the round 11 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Gold Coast Suns at GIANTS Stadium on June 01, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)
He [Max King] said it's been raining, windy and freezing, and I've been going to the beach every day, so I'm loving life.
SUNS Draftee, Ben King

If you're a Gold Coast fan, these words will be music to your ears.

After a long history of battling to retain high-end talent, it seems another of the Suns' top-six draft selections from last year has settled in just fine at Carrara.

Late in pre-season, number three pick Izak Rankine told AFL.com.au "I don't think I'm looking to go back to Adelaide, I love it too much up here".

Now, it was Ben King, taken with the sixth pick, who volunteered his feelings after six months away from home earlier this week.

"I'm absolutely loving it," King said.

"I'm loving living up here, loving the lifestyle and love all these boys.

"I really can't fault the joint so far."

Of course, that means nothing until either player – or second pick Jack Lukosius – has extended their contract beyond the initial deal that finishes at the end of 2020, but it's a step in the right direction for the embattled Suns.

King said after speaking with twin brother Max, at St Kilda, he's glad to be in Queensland.

"He said it's been raining, windy and freezing, and I've been going to the beach every day, so I'm loving life."

After playing in the NEAFL to start his season, King will line up for his fourth successive senior match on Saturday night when Gold Coast hosts North Melbourne at Metricon Stadium.

The 202cm key forward is fresh off the best outing of his season, taking seven marks – three of which were contested – and kicking a goal against Greater Western Sydney captain Phil Davis last week.

"I felt a lot more confident, a lot more comfortable out there compared to the first two games," he said.

"To take a few marks is good for the confidence, and reassures me the work I'm doing during the week is starting to show on the weekend.

"There's not too much pressure on taking marks and kicking goals this early in my career.

"I've been focused on being physical and bringing the ball to ground so the smalls can go to work."