Young Suns pair Noah Anderson and Matt Rowell train during the isolation period. Picture: AFL Photos

GOLD Coast is confident it will swiftly lock away last year's top-two picks Matt Rowell and Noah Anderson to new deals when the contract freeze is lifted. understands the Suns were racing towards new deals for the first-year pair before the COVID-19 shutdown of the game also saw the AFL put a hold on any new contracts being lodged with the League.

But discussions on Rowell and Anderson are believed to have been fruitful, with negotiations well down the line for what is expected to be two-year extensions.


Suns list boss Craig Cameron remained tight-lipped about the pair's contracts when asked on the Road to the Draft podcast, but was optimistic things would be finalised when permitted.

"I wouldn't say that contracts [were] about to be lodged, but I'll give you one of the great clichés in footy – talks were progressing well," Cameron said.

"I would hope that we'd be having conversations with the AFL [when the contract pause is over]."

The positive talks are a fillip for the Suns, who patiently waited until the end of their home and away season last year before they secured deals for top-10 picks Jack Lukosius and Ben King.

Rowell and Anderson both made their AFL debuts in the Suns' round one loss to Port Adelaide.

Rowell, who was the No.1 pick at last year's NAB AFL Draft, and Anderson, who was pick No.2, returned to Melbourne for the shutdown period but have settled into life on the Gold Coast, where they have been living at chief executive Mark Evans' house.

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The close friends were drafted from the Oakleigh Chargers together, having also been teammates at Vic Metro and Carey Grammar.

The AFL put an indefinite hold on new contracts being accepted as soon as it suspended the competition in March due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

There were many deals across the competition that were close to being finalised, but the AFL is working through its potential list and salary cap cuts before allowing any to be processed.