Finals ambition fuels Collins’ Gold Coast commitment
By Lance Jenkinson
Gold Coast has made a key move for its future, locking down vice-captain Sam Collins on a deal until the end of 2025 AFL season.
Collins was a diamond in the rough when he arrived at the Suns as a pre-selection to the 2018 national draft, having already been delisted by the Fremantle Dockers and embarking on a career rejuvenation with VFL club Werribee.
Now the powerful defender is one of the most respected players at the Suns and a tough match up for the best forwards in the league.
Collins has played just 58 AFL games, but he has certainly made an impression, being one of the first players names on the Suns team sheet each week for his lead-by-example character and defensive exploits.
The Suns’ 2020 Club Champion was thrilled to put pen to paper on a contract extension.
“I love the club and have enjoyed being part of the leadership group to help drive this group forward,” Collins said.
“I really believe in what we’re building here and I couldn’t see myself anywhere else to be honest.”
Collins will be on the Gold Coast in his football prime.Embed from Getty Images
The 27-year-old will be a key defensive pillar as the Suns take aim at the finals in 2022.
“I’m really excited for the next four years and how much influence I can have on the group, to make sure we’re a really respected and competitive team throughout the competition,” he said.
“I want to help build the club to be a finals team.”
Suns general manager of football operations Jon Haines recognised Collins’ status as a role model for the younger players at the club.
It was the kind of praise that was regularly bestowed upon Collins in his time at Werribee.
He is a natural leader on and off the field.
“From the moment Sam walked through the doors of the club, he has put absolutely everything he has into improving every day,” Haines said.
“He is equally committed to helping others and has quickly become a true leader of the playing group and our club.
“Sam’s long term commitment is testimony to the esteem with which he is held and his personal belief in his teammates and the club.”