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Aussie Rules: Suns starlet commits until 2025

The Gold Coast Suns have locked in the future of Connor Budarick, who has penned a new three-year deal with the AFL club.

The Suns are priced at 8/1 to break into the top eight of the AFL this season and Budarick is very much a part of what they hope will be a bright future for the club.

Academy graduate

The 20-year-old has made his way through the Suns ranks and has gone on to register 17 appearances since making his debut in round one of the 2020 AFL campaign.

He is now locked in until the end of the 2025 season and is looking forward to growing further with a team he supported while growing up.

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“As a Gold Coast local, it’s a privilege to be able to play AFL football in my home town in front of friends and family,” Budarick told the Suns website.

“I’ve loved the SUNS for many years having joined the Academy as a teenager, so to be able to continue my career here is really exciting.

“We’ve got a playing group which is really connected and striving for the ultimate success, and I’m keen to play my part in achieving that success for the Gold Coast community.”

Return to fitness

Budarick missed the 2021 campaign after suffering a serious ACL knee injury but is now back to fitness and General Manager of Player Talent and Strategy Craig Cameron is also delighted to get the deal done.

“To secure Connor for a further three seasons is another significant commitment to this club after a number of key re-signings already this year,” Cameron said.

“Since joining us a few years ago, Connor has been very impressive and is still so early into his career, so we see him as an important long-term player for the Suns.”

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