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GOLD Coast's stand-in captain Michael Rischitelli has put pen to paper on a contract extension and says he's looking forward to the Suns getting back on track in their push for a maiden finals berth next season.

And the Suns have also locked away impressive young midfielder Jesse Lonergan on a reported two-year deal.

Rischitelli has stood up admirably in trying circumstances this season, leading the club through a controversial and injury-hit season in the long absences of superstar Gary Ablett.

"I’m really pleased to extend my contract, especially as the future direction of the club has never been clearer," the 29-year-old said.

(It) has been a tough year, but I really believe we have learnt more as a group in 2015 as we ever have before.

"It’s about living and breathing the brand, our values and standards, if we can do that anything is possible. The players are up for it and I know our supporters are as well."

The former Brisbane Lions club champion has played 19 games this year and averaged 23 disposals in the Suns' depleted engine room.

Rischitelli, who was voted the club's most professional player last season, is set to notch up 200 career games next season. 

Lonergan, 20, has been a shining light in a bleak season for the 16th-placed side.

The No.13 pick in the 2012 NAB AFL Draft has been one of the most improved players under first-year coach Rodney Eade, racking up 15 disposals per game from his 16 appearances through the midfield.

Lonergan broke his hand twice in his first two years and soft-tissue issues have also restricted the strongly-built Tasmanian to 29 career matches.

“I’m rapt to have re-signed - the club has been really good to me and I plan to repay them in the future," Lonergan said.

"I definitely feel as though 2016 will be a defining year for our club. We really want to build something pretty special and after a challenging year we are all pretty excited about the direction we are heading."

Gold Coast football operations manager Marcus Ashcroft praised the newly re-signed pair for their outstanding seasons.

"Both players made tremendous inroads in 2015 -; Jesse is starting to become the player we know he is capable of being, and Michael’s leadership has been so influential, on and off the field he has just been enormous," Ashcroft said.

The Suns will be searching for their fifth win when they play host Port Adelaide at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.