KEY DEFENDER Sam Collins is the new face in Gold Coast's six-man leadership group announced on Wednesday.

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Collins was named alongside returning leaders Touk Miller, who will again vice-captain, Brayden Fiorini and Alex Sexton.

Jarrod Witts and David Swallow had previously been named as co-captains.

Suns co-captain David Swallow and recruit Brandon Ellis after the Marsh Community Series clash with Geelong. Picture: Getty Images/AFL Photos

For Collins, it continues an incredible AFL revival after he was delisted by Fremantle after 14 games at the end of the 2017 season.

"I'm proud of myself and what I've been able to do here," Collins told AFL.com.au.

The 25-year-old spent a season in the VFL with Werribee before the Suns recruited him, and then played nine games in 2019 before a hip injury wiped out the rest of his season.

"I've had a different path to most people, so I think I can relate to a bit more of the group, building relationships and having honest conversations," he said.

"Gold Coast have definitely revived my career and took a leap of faith with me … another little step on the road to repaying them. I'll always be thankful."

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Collins is a popular member of the team, remained positive despite his injury and shapes as the backline leader in 2020 with his ability to both shut down his opponent and intercept mark.

General manager of football operations Jon Haines said Collins had made a significant impression in a short time.

"We have no doubt that he will flourish in a leadership role," Haines said.