Gold Coast has locked the first of the three players they selected in the November 10 National Draft top 10, while Izak Rankine put the pen down on paper on Thursday night.
The South Australian still has to play a game for Stuart Dew due to an injury-interrupted start of his AFL career, but will remain on the Sun until the end of 2022 after signing a two-year extension.
The Suns selected Rankine the choice after Jack Lukosius at No. 3, before Ben King was added at No. 6.
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Both Lukosius and King have played senior football this year, but they have to recommend Gold Coast again after their first two-year deals.
Rankine has recently returned from the hamstring problems in the NEAFL and is expected to make his AFL debut in the coming month.
"The club and the Gold Coast community were fantastic to me and I didn't hesitate to extend my time at the club," Rankine said Thursday night.
"Since I arrived, I have enjoyed my time at the coast. I have learned so much about footy and my body and I look forward to continuing this in the coming years.
"There have been so many different people who have invested their time in me, I can't wait to pay them back."
After losing so many young stars in recent years, Rankine's signature is a big coup for the Suns.
Now they need Lukosius and King to pick up the pen.
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