Suns sign young gun

THE Gold Coast Suns has committed to signing young gun Alex Sexton as a Queensland zone selection in the 2011 AFL Draft.

The 17-year-old jumped at the chance to join the AFL's youngest franchise - even agreeing to a three-year contract instead of the standard two-year offered to most draftees.

Currently finishing his high school education, the midfield/forward said he was looking forward to joining the team he trained with during the pre-season.

“I’m really excited to be joining the Gold Coast Suns," Sexton said.

“They are one of the most exciting team in the competition, and having had the chance to train and play with the reserves I just can’t wait to get down there.”

One of the most promising young players in the country, Sexton has won the Alan McLean Medal, been named Queensland MVP and was a Queensland Under-18 representative.

Suns list manager Scott Clayton said Sexton had been on the club’s radar for more than a year.

“Alex looks a real player, we have been thrilled with the way he has developed, and his football has continued to impress us," Clayton said.

“Being eligible to be selected as a Queensland zone selection, we have been fortunate enough to have spent a lot of time with Alex, he knows our program, players and coaches.

“From a football perspective he has real composure, an attack on the footy, and his speed and kicking under pressure is great.

“At 185cm, Alex is a great size, and he has all the attributes, we believe he will develop into a perfect midfielder for us."

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