AFL: Recently crowned Suns co-captain Steven May says a new deal with the club will be just a formality with the Gold Coast poised to lock in their superstar bookend.
May is out of contract at the end of the 2017 season but after becoming former skipper Gary Ablett's successor along with key forward Tom Lynch, it's a case of when, not if, the 25-year-old signs a new deal.
The key defender's Melbourne-based manager Ned Guy and the Gold Coast have already had initial discussions about May's future and will ramp up talks in the coming months.
The Northern Territory product said he was eager to stay at the club that picked him as a local talent selection in 2010.
"I would have thought it's a matter of when because the club's ready to re-sign me,” May said.
"Once I have a meeting with my manager and sit down and view my future - which becoming a captain you would think is on the Gold Coast - so once that comes together I should be staying here.
"I've always signed in my out-of-contract year so to myself and my manger it's more of a formality.
"I'm from Darwin so I don't have a 'go home' factor or anything like that. My manager's been in contact with the club and they are going through the finer things and I think I have a meeting with him soon.
"Once things settle down a bit we will fully address that.
"I think the club has indicated that they are keen to extend the deal. Then it's just a matter of getting down into the nitty gritty and getting it sorted.”
Lynch inked a two-year deal worth an estimated $800,000 a year in April last year and May would likely garner a pay packet of similar stature due to his standing as one of the AFL's best key defenders.
Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade said he was confident of locking in one of his most talented players.
"We have spoken to Steven and his management so it's all positive there. It's a matter of timing,” Eade said.
"We are hopeful that it will be sooner rather than later. We will work through that hopefully over the next month or so.”
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