'Two-Metre Peter' in for long haul at Suns
AFL: Christmas has come early for Gold Coast fans after Peter Wright, one of the Suns' fearsome crop of tall options, put pen to paper on a long-term extension.
Wright, known as "Two-Metre Peter”, has signed a new deal locking him in until the end of 2019 and comes just a day after Callum Ah Chee also re-signed for the same length of time.
The Wright re-signing is an exciting one for the Suns with Victorian clubs circling the Calder Cannons product over the last year.
Wright was selected with pick eight in the 2014 national draft and after a development year in 2015, settled well into the Suns line-up in 2016.
He played 17 games - including the last 14 of the year - kicking 27 goals with his best performance being a five-goal haul against Queensland rivals the Brisbane Lions in round 16, for which he received three Brownlow votes.
Wright told the club website he always saw himself re-signing with the Suns while praising his friendship with teammate Touk Miller.
"It was a decision which in my view was always going to get done, I am really settled up here - love the group, loving coming to training each day and I see my future here,” he said.
"It's been a big factor for me (having Touk on the Gold Coast); I've known Touk for 10 years.
"I feel really comfortable with him and coming up here at the same time, we were able to feed off each other and immediately feel comfortable at the club.
"I think that helped us both settle into the club quickly and from there, living with each other now and enjoying our time.”
Gold Coast list manager Scott Clayton was similarly excited about the deal.
"We are incredibly excited about the player Peter can become. He has started his career really well but it is his drive to continue to get better that excites us the most,” Clayton said.
"Off the field he is also a quality person, he demands high standards and wants to work hard.
"He's got the ability to have a great AFL career. He has magnificent skills for a tall guy. He plays in front naturally, and with Barry Hall now working with him and our other key-position players we think he has enormous upside.”