GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Adam Saad of the Suns runs the ball during the round seven AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Melbourne Demons at Metricon Stadium on May 7, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Gold Coast Suns dashing defender Adam Saad has signed a two-year contract extension.

Saad’s new deal with keep him at the club until the end of the 2018 season.

The 21-year-old said he was keen to repay the club for giving him the opportunity to play AFL football.

“I’m really privileged to pull on the jumper every single week and play for this great club,” Saad said.

“The club took a chance on me in the rookie draft two years ago. Rocket’s been a big influence for me and has played a key role in my footy career. He backs me in, has a lot of faith in me to play me every single week, and I just love playing with the players on the field as well.

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“We’re building something special… I feel like we’re heading down the right direction.”

Gold Coast list manager Scott Clayton said the club is ecstatic to secure the youngster’s signature.

“He is part of a core group of players we believe will bring a winning culture to the Gold Coast,” Clayton said.

“We are committed to developing and improving him, not just as a footballer, but also as a person, this includes supporting his ambassador role with the AFL in the multicultural space where he is making a real difference on the Gold Coast.”