Vital Gold Coast tall Sam Day is moving close to joining full training in the new year as he gradually recovers from the dislocated hip that forced him to miss the 2017 season.
The 25-year-old suffered the rare injury during the Suns' opening JLT Community Series game for 2017 and required surgery.
He has undergone a tough rehabilitation process that has tested his resilience, but assistant coach Dean Solomon said the key position player would head into Christmas on track for a solid 2018. "We are not going to rush him. As we know it's a rare injury," Solomon said. "He is really positive. We're really positive and we're really confident we'll see the best of Sam Day in 2018."
Day has played 98 games and was beginning to establish himself as a key defender for the Suns alongside Steven May.
Meanwhile, the Suns have shown great faith in tenacious academy graduate Jesse Joyce, extending his contract by two years to tie him to the club until the end of 2020.
Joyce has played 28 senior games since making his debut last year, impressing with his professionalism and tenacity as a medium-sized defender.
The club also locked away Western Australian running machine Josh Schoenfeld, extending his current contract that was due to expire next year.
The AFL's other expansion club, Greater Western Sydney, has had less welcome news ahead of the Christmas break.
The Giants have revealed that their second selection at the 2017 national draft, Brent Daniels, would miss the next 10-12 weeks after having knee surgery to repair an injured meniscus.
The injury means that the small forward from the Bendigo Pioneers faces a delayed start to his first season in the AFL.