MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09: Sam Collins of Werribee (L) and Jordan Lisle of Port Melbourne compete for the ball during the round 10 VFL match between Werribee and Port Melbourne at Avalon Airport Oval on June 9, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/AFL Media/Getty Images)

The Gold Coast Suns have signed their final mature age state-league player which is part of the Special Assistance provided by the AFL Commission.

Sam Collins, a former Fremantle Docker turned Werribee defender, will in 2019 be wearing red and yellow after linking up with the Suns.

Collins enjoyed a stellar year in the VFL, finishing equal third in the VFL’s JJ Liston medal for the competitions best and fairest.

The 24-year-old defender was drafted in 2015 and played 14 games for Freo before he was delisted by the club at the end of the 2017 season.

Collins then signed on for VFL club Werribee for 2018, where the 194cm intercepting defender played 18 games which saw him claim the clubs best and fairest award.

Suns GM List & Strategy Craig Cameron said Collins will provide the club with some more defensive depth.

“We’re excited to be able to announce Sam as our final state-league player,” Cameron told the club’s website.

“Sam has really impressed us with his form, has great character and is excited to help drive our young club forward.

“The special assistance provided by the AFL allows us to maintain a strong hand at the draft, to secure top end talent, but also allows us to add much needed experience to our list in 2019.”

Collins will join fellow Werribee teammate Josh Corbett and West Adelaide’s Chris Burgess on the Gold Coast as the three mature age state-league prospects for 2019.