After two seasons that have been marred by countless injuries to key players, Gold Coast get their chance to push for an inaugural finals birth in 2017.
Can the Suns make history this season? We assess their chances in our preview of the upcoming year.
2016 position: 15th
2017 Fixture Difficulty Rating: 4/10
Off season movements:
ARRIVALS: Ben Ainsworth, Jack Scrimshaw, Will Brodie, Jack Bowes, Brad Scheer, Pearce Hanley (Brisbane Lions), Jarryd Lyons (Adelaide), Jarrod Witts (Collingwood)
DEPARTURES: Nick Malceski, Clay Cameron, Jarrod Garlett, Tom Keough, Luke Russell, Henry Schade, Danny Stanley, Seb Tape, Dion Prestia (Richmond), Jaeger O’Meara (Hawthorn)
On face value it would appear that Gold Coast were the big losers in the trade period as rival clubs swooped on a couple of young guns in Dion Prestia and Jaegar O'Meara.
Certainly in the short term the Suns have come off second best but they may be the long-term winners, picking up four players inside the top 10 and a host of Rising Star chances.
Of the senior players, Gary Ablett and David Swallow loom as likely returns after missing most (Ablett) or all (Swallow) of 2016, while they will enjoy the services of two of the best key position players in the league in Steven May and Tom Lynch.
Lynch is a $7 chance with William Hill of securing the Coleman Medal, while Ablett is a $34 chance with bet365 to win his third Brownlow Medal.
In Rising Star markets, Gold Coast have three players inside the top 10 for betting, including the No.4 pick, Ben Ainsworth, who has been posted at the odds of $13 for the award that was won by Sydney's Callum Mills last season.
In 2016, Gold Coast opened up the year with three wins before injuries took their toll. They endured a horror stretch and went winless for three months before finishing the year with six wins.
They will need to double that tally to make the finals this year and have been posted at the odds of $4.25 to feature in the finals with CrownBet.
If the Suns can finally maintain a list that does not get decimated by injury, they have the talent to push for the finals and they silver lining from their struggles last year is that they have been granted an easier fixture this year.
The Suns play Brisbane, Carlton, Port Adelaide and North Melbourne on two occasions each, which are all winnable games and have just two six day breaks to contend with.
Key betting odds
Premiership: $67 CrownBet
Top 8: $4.25 CrownBet
Brownlow: Gary Ablett $34 bet365
Coleman Medal: Tom Lynch $7 William Hill
Rising Star: Ben Ainsworth $13 CrownBet
Season Wins Under 8.5