Suns sign King for another two AFL seasons

Ben King kicked 17 goals in his 14 games for Gold Coast in his AFL rookie season.
Ben King kicked 17 goals in his 14 games for Gold Coast in his AFL rookie season.

Young Gold Coast key forward Ben King says he never really contemplated joining his twin brother Max at St Kilda and is excited to sign a two-year extension at the AFL battlers.

It was widely accepted King would return to Melbourne to link with Max, while the 2018 No.6 draft pick was also chased by other AFL clubs.

But the 19-year-old, who has played 14 games and earned a Rising Star nomination, says he's loving his time with the Suns and has confidence in the list they're building.

"It was always Gold Coast for me," said King, with the deal locking him in until the end of the 2022 season.

"I said from the start that I would wait until the end of the year to make a decision ... to be able to put an extra two years on my contract I'm excited with what's to come."

He said Max, who is yet to make his debut due to injury, was "stoked" for him.

"We talk about that sort of stuff a fair bit and he took it really well and was happy for me to sign on."

Suns chief executive Mark Evans said King's extension was a show of faith in the future of the club, who only managed three wins for the season to finish last.

"It might have been one of the most speculated contract extensions that I've seen for a young player so we are pleased that we can get it done well ahead of the 2020 season," Evans said of King.

"This year we've had 15 players sign on and to me that's a sign of the belief and commitment that's required to take the club forward."

The AFL has granted the Suns a rescue package which includes the first two picks at this year's national draft.

Australian Associated Press