GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21: Dion Prestia of the Suns and Richard Douglas of the Crows compete for the ball during the round nine AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Adelaide Crows at Metricon Stadium on May 21, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Gold Coast vice-captain Steven May believes the club can retain its young stars, despite reports linking several players to rival clubs.

May said that “mateship” will help keep the likes of Dion Prestia and Jaeger O’Meara at the Suns.

“You can’t question our mateship and the brotherhood we have at the club,” May said at a members forum on the Gold Coast on Tuesday night.

“The last contract I signed I had offers to go elsewhere and at the end of the day it came down to the fact I couldn’t leave my teammates.”

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21:  Dion Prestia of the Suns and Richard Douglas of the Crows compete for the ball during the round nine AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Adelaide Crows at Metricon Stadium on May 21, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – MAY 21: Dion Prestia of the Suns and Richard Douglas of the Crows compete for the ball during the round nine AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Adelaide Crows at Metricon Stadium on May 21, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

May said that leaving the club would be the easy way out for players at the struggling club, but the 24-year-old said he is confident his teammates would not take that route.

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“We all came here as 17, 18-year-olds and have gone through some tough times.

“The easy option would be to go to a Melbourne club that is playing finals.

“But if you have been here and gone through what we have gone through you see the light at the end of the tunnel and it’s going to be so much more rewarding.

“It’s part of reason why I recommitted last year. I think only reason why someone would leave is to go back home or for family. We are an incredibly tight bunch of guys here and that is ultimately what made me re-sign and why Tommy (Lynch) re-signed.”

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The Suns are currently 15th on the ladder, after winning their opening three games, before losing the past six in a row.