Gold Coast Academy graduate Bodhi Uwland has been rewarded with a two-year extension, expiring at the end of 2026.

After debuting in Round 1 last year, Uwland has cemented a spot under new coach Damien Hardwick, locking a defensive role in the improved Suns outfit.

The 20-year-old has missed only two games in 2024, playing 14 matches and becoming the Round 12 Rising Star nominee.

Uwland is excited to see where the Suns can get to, a club he grew up supporting.

“It's been an amazing journey so far with the SUNS and I've absolutely loved being a key member of the team and having the trust from the coaches to go out and do my job each week,” Uwland said.

“To be able to play for the team I grew up supporting as a kid is a privilege I will never take for granted.

“I just want to continue to repay the faith the club has shown in me and do everything I can to help the club win and succeed in the years to come.”

GC SUNS National Recruiting Manager Kall Burns said Uwland had impressed everyone at the club with his tenacity and work ethic.

“It's pleasing to see Bodhi gain some continuity in his football after overcoming several injury setbacks early in his career,” Burns said.

“Bodhi lets his actions do the talking on the football field and is the type of player who lifts those around him, so we are pleased to have him at our club for at least another two years.”