Despite an ACL tear sustained last month set to keep King on the sidelines for the entirety of the 2022 season, the 21-year-old has wasted no time in inking a deal to remain on the glitter strip.
As first reported by SEN's Chief Sports Reporter, Sam Edmund, King, his management and the Suns will all be content now that pen has met paper.
BEN King has re-signed at Gold Coast.
It can be revealed King has put pen to paper on a fresh contract at the Suns in a massive boost to the expansion club. He'll miss '22, but King's signature had been among the most sought-after in the AFL. More soon on @WhateleySEN
— Sam Edmund (@Sammy__Edmund) March 9, 2022
Further reports from AFL Media's Michael Whiting claim that King's contract will see him remain in a red and gold guernsey until the end of the 2024 season.
And although speculative, Michael Gleeson of The Age has stated that the Sandringham Dragons product can expect to earn within the vicinity of $1.5 million across the life of his recently inked extension.
Within Gold Coast's official confirmation of the agreement, King expressed that he was overjoyed to remain with a club that he loved.
“I’m very excited to sign on for another couple of years,” King said.
“I’ve been thinking about it for the last year or so and there was never really any doubt to commit to the Suns.
“I’ve been very lucky from the start in that I feel very well supported by the club and have a great group of mates up on the Gold Coast."
“I think we have a really great group of people and we’re definitely building something special as we mature each year," King continued.
“The aim is to play finals and has been for the last couple of years… I think it’s definitely within reach.
“I love the club and I’m really confident in the direction the club’s heading.”
With the Victorian's services now sewn up, the Suns will now turn their focus to retaining fellow top 10 members of the 2018 Draft in Jack Lukosius and Izak Rankine, with the pair set to come off contract at Carrara at the cessation of this season.
Since making his debut for the expansion franchise in Round 9 of the 2019 season, King has laced the boots on a further 52 occasions for the return of 89 goals.