Luko­sius want­ing to move for­ward to shine with Suns star King

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - JON RALPH

JACK Luko­sius be­lieves he can form a lethal for­ward part­ner­ship with Ben King long into the fu­ture af­ter Gold Coast locked him away in a coup for the re­build­ing Suns.

Luko­sius re-signed un­til 2022 de­spite spec­u­la­tion and threats from Ade­laide that they would lure him home.

The 18-year-old said yes­ter­day a trip to Ade­laide in the off-sea­son con­firmed his de­ci­sion, af­ter see­ing mate Con­nor Rozee being un­able to go out with­out being stopped by fans.

Luko­sius played 21 games in his de­but year, mostly as de­fender with su­perb field kick­ing, but even­tu­ally wants to play along­side King in at­tack.

He says they can play to­gether long past their con­tracts as a dan­ger­ous for­ward pair af­ter King also re-signed to 2022 in re­cent months.

“I am re­ally happy with how the club treated me and my fam­ily. I couldn’t have had a bet­ter first year and for me it was al­ways wait­ing 12 months. I went to Europe with my fam­ily and then back to Ade­laide for a break and it was good to be home but I only re­ally had eyes for the Gold Coast,” he said.

“I re­ally want to be a ver­sa­tile player but I would like to even­tu­ally set­tle as a for­ward play­ing along­side Ben.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to think about play­ing with him. We both want to de­velop to­gether and we could be build­ing some­thing pretty spe­cial.

“We have some good mids de­vel­op­ing too and I can’t see why we can’t take the league on for a long time. “

Luko­sius said the anonymity of the Gold Coast was an ad­van­tage for the play­ers.

“My mate Con­nor Rozee plays for Port Ade­laide and his life has com­pletely changed. He is stopped go­ing out for din­ner, so you need to take the good for the bad,” he said.

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