The future of veteran Gold Coast ruckman Josh Fraser is up in the air after being overlooked for Saturday's clash with Greater Western Sydney despite the Suns enduring their worst injury crisis.
The door appeared open for the 30-year-old's exile to end after ruckman Zac Smith became one of six casualties from last round's 42-point loss to Melbourne, blowing their injury list out to 17 players.
However, Suns coach Guy McKenna opted for youth, injecting Charlie Dixon into the ruck for a clash that might determine whether they receive the wooden spoon for a second successive season.
A cloud looms over Fraser who enjoyed a 10-year, 200-game career at Collingwood before becoming a prized foundation Sun last year.
Fraser played the last of his two AFL games this year on April 21 but has had impressive form in the NEAFL reserves team.
Smith (ankle), Michael Rischitelli (knee), Karmichael Hunt, Luke Russell (both shoulder), Dion Prestia (hamstring) and Sam Day (foot) were not considered after being injured in the nightmare loss to the Demons.
Gun midfielder David Swallow (knee) and Danny Stanley (ankle) must prove their fitness at Friday's training session.
Jackson Allen is in line to become the fifth debutant of the year.
Young midfielder Maverick Weller said sifting through the match tape of their last round loss to Melbourne - in which they trailed by 40 at the first break - proved ugly viewing.
However, he still backed the Suns to finally break their home ground duck - ending a string of 17 straight losses - as well as avoiding the dubious honour of becoming the first team to lose twice to the Giants.
"Obviously there was some pretty bad stuff that came out of the first quarter (but) we've got a young group and the enthusiasm is always pretty high," he said.
"We are really confident about this weekend - (playing) six days (after the Demons loss) couldn't come quick enough for us."
Weller claimed they were not feeling any pressure ahead of the game despite it looming as the wooden spoon decider.
"Definitely not. We are excited about getting out there and playing again," he said."We have a good inner sanctum at the club and, with our young group, we are keeping tight."
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