The Gold Coast SUNS have locked away three of the club’s young stars for the next two seasons of the NAB AFL Women’s competition.
Daisy D’Arcy, Maddison Levi and Lucy Single have all extended their contracts with the club until the end of the 2023 season.
Each of the trio made their AFLW debuts in Round 1 this year and established themselves as regular members of the SUNS team in 2021.
Townsville product Daisy D’Arcy had a breakout season in defence, playing every game and winning the Players’ Player award and third place in the Club Champion for the 2021 season.
She said it was an easy decision to commit her future to the club long-term.
“To have the honour to sign on for another two years is awesome,” D’Arcy said.
“I’m so excited to be a part of it and love the culture at the SUNS, it’s like a second family to me.”
Levi kicked three goals in her eight games as ruck-forward for the SUNS and said she was excited to continue to develop with the SUNS.
“I think after my first year I’ve fallen in love with the club, the culture and the location,” Levi said.
“To sign on for another two years and continue to play alongside these girls, it’s lots of fun and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Single is one of the newest to the game on the SUNS list but found a home in the midfield and said she was looking to build on her debut season.
“I was pretty surprised with how fast I’ve developed in my footy, knowledge was probably my biggest improvement with all the little things and just continuing to learn how the game works,” Single said.
“I love the club, I love living on the Gold Coast and I’m just so excited to see what’s going to happen in the next couple of years.”
SUNS Head of Women’s Football Fiona Sessarago said the club was thrilled to lock away the talented young trio.
“These three girls will play a big part in the future of our club and the long-term extensions are a testament to the work they’ve put in over the last 12 months with the SUNS,” Sessarago said.
“We have such an exciting young core of players who we think can continue to drive the team forward for many years to come.”
The AFLW Sign & Trade period runs until June 25 with clubs able to re-sign players until the June 16 cut-off.