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Connor Budarick

#35   Gold Coast Suns
Age: 21yr 9mth    Games: 26     Born: April 6, 2001     Origin: Gold Coast Suns Academy
Height: 175cm     Weight: 74kg     Position: Defender
Last Drafted: Round 2, Pick #16 2019 Rookie Draft by Gold Coast Suns
Supercoach Price: $320,400   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $509,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: Out of contract at the end of 2025   AFL Player Contracts
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Connor Budarick Biography

Tuesday, 5 July 2022
Scans confirm Connor Budarick has ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time and will miss a year of football.

"We feel for Connor because he's worked so hard, he's an important member of our side. He's young. He's got a big future ahead of him. He'll fight back. He's a fighter," Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew said.

Sunday, 19 June 2022
Following a devastating ACL injury at the start of 2021, Connor Budarick has returned in 2022 in career-best form.

"I think the bittersweet part of it was that I had a couple of other guys that were in the same boat as me. It might have been a different story if I was by myself, but the fact I had a few other boys there with me meant I was able to develop a lot better in the relationships I have off the field. I just took it as an opportunity to challenge myself and get myself better," Budarick said.

Wednesday, 6 April 2022
Connor Budarick signs a new three-year deal to remain with Gold Coast until the end of 2025.

"I've loved the Suns for many years having joined the Academy as a teenager, so to be able to continue my career here is really exciting," Budarick said.

"We've got a playing group which is really connected and striving for the ultimate success."

Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Connor Budarick will miss the rest of the 2021 season following confirmation he has ruptured his ACL.
Wednesday, 9 September 2020
Connor Budarick signs a new deal with the Suns to remain at the club until the end of 2022.

"It's great to get that reassurance to be able to hang around for another few years. Playing for a club that you grew up supporting, it was a childhood dream and now it's become a reality," Budarick said.

Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Connor Budarick has solidified his spot in the Suns' lineup after being given the task of stopping many of the AFL's best small forwards.

"He's an absolute competitor, and that always stands you in really good stead with your teammates. The second part is the way he prepares. He prepares like an absolute professional. He's a really mature head on a young body," Gold Coast football manager Jon Haines said.

"He loves the game and he studies the game really hard and studies his opponents really strongly. His attention to detail to what he's coming up against each week is really strong."

Monday, 22 June 2020
Connor Budarick is the 2020 AFL Rising Star nominee for round 3.

The powerful and speedy half-back put in a dashing showing in the Suns' 53-point win over Adelaide, gathering 16 disposals and booting the first goal of his career.

Saturday, 21 March 2020
Connor Budarick makes his AFL debut for Gold Coast with 8 disposals (3 kicks and 5 handballs) and 3 tackles in a 47-point loss to Port Adelaide.

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