Greg Broughton has dismissed rumours that his trade from Fremantle to the Gold Coast was the result of a falling out with coach Ross Lyon, declaring he left on good terms but both parties had now committed to moving in different directions.
Broughton, traded for pick 37 in the national draft, admitted some shock when he returned from a two-week holiday in Indonesia to find himself the centre of trade speculation.
"I had a feeling towards the end of the year that something might happen but I wasn't 100 per cent sure," he said.
"On Monday I got back from holiday and got texts to say that something was happening. It hit home that I might be going somewhere.
"We didn't have Wi-Fi or internet or phone reception over there so I didn't know anything was happening until I got back.
"I was a bit shocked at the start but I have got to move on. I am very excited to be heading over to the Gold Coast.
"They have got an exciting young list."
Broughton was the last player chosen in the 2009 rookie draft and played 68 games for the Dockers with top-10 finishes in Fremantle's best and fairest in 2009 and 2010 and third in 2011.
His role changed under Lyon this year, moving from defence to midfield and then into a defensive forward's spot.
He is looking forward to a return to defence at the Suns.
"They said my main role would be down back," he said.
"I didn't really get much of a chance to play down there this year. That is where I got drafted from so my main priority is to get back to playing there.
"I just think I am more comfortable playing off a half-back flank, although I do enjoy the odd stint going through the midfield."
Broughton said he and Lyon parted on good terms and scoffed at the suggestion they had fallen out.
"That is definitely not true," he said. "He is a great coach and he is going to lead Freo in the right direction.
"They just chose a different path and now so do I.
"I will have some fond memories there. They gave me the opportunity to play at this level and I thank them greatly for that. I will always have mates that still play there and when I am back in town I will catch up with them."
Broughton will fly to Arizona this weekend with his new teammates for a two-week altitude training camp. He plans to take a "don't fuss and move on" approach to the trade.
"I think you just have to make it easy to accept otherwise it is just going to be stressful for you eventually," he said.
"You just have to take it on the chin and move on.
"The Suns are going to be very exciting next year. A few of their guys are in their third year and they are near the 50-game mark and anything can happen. They are definitely going in the right direction."