Steven May of the Gold Coast Suns.
Steven May of the Gold Coast Suns. TRACEY NEARMY

Suns co-captain set to sign new deal

STEVEN May will be the Suns' biggest retention coup when he recommits to the club in the coming weeks.

Although former captain Gary Ablett's future is still not decided, May was the priority signature for the Suns this year.

His indication to the club that he wants to say is the most significant news since Ablett was named as the club's first high-profile recruit.

Tom Lynch's deal last year was also a major boost but the co-captain was never going anywhere, while negotiations with May have been far more complicated.

He was in hot demand from several Victorian clubs and his delays in signing Gold Coast's contract offer sent the rumour mill into overdrive.

He was said to be waiting to see a sign the club could become competitive while other reports claimed he wanted to know the fate of coach Rodney Eade.

But Eade's future will not be decided until the end of the season and Melbourne clubs have been told the key defender is not on the market and intends to re-sign with the Suns.

Had May walked out, the hopes of re-signing Lynch when he came out of contract at the end of next year would have been far more difficult.

The pair is the glue that binds the club together and the fear was should one or both leave it would create a domino effect.

Once the May deal is finalised CEO Mark Evans will start to look more closely at the make-up of his football department for next year.

Eade and all his assistant coaches are out of contract and it is understood their future is not linked to a maiden finals appearance.

Evans has already stated he is content to wait.

"My view is always let football shine for as long as you can ... having only seen the nine or 10 matches myself so far I'd rather let it play out," Evans said at the weekend.

News Corp Australia

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