Sport Sore Saad still expected to face Suns
Gold Coast Suns to celebrate their tenth anniversary this Saturday night
The Gold Coast Suns will indirectly mark the tenth anniversary of their AFL debut when they host Carlton at Metricon Stadium this Saturday night as part of a huge Round 4 of the 2021 AFL season. It seemed like only yesterday the club, which had the working name GC17, took to the field for its first ever AFL match which was played against the Blues on a warm Saturday evening at the Gabba, with the visitors winning by a whopping 119 points.
Carlton expect Adam Saad to take on Gold Coast despite the star defender being restricted at AFL training due to knee soreness.
Saad, who had his right knee strapped, trained away from the main group at Princes Park on Thursday.
The ace recruit was limited to light running and drills and will undergo a test before Saturday night's clash with the Suns at Metricon Stadium.
The Blues will fly to Queensland on Friday and the club anticipates the 26-year-old will be part of the travelling group.
Suns don't want AFL's 'almost' label
Gold Coast midfielder Touk Miller says competitive defeats such as last week's AFL loss to Adelaide are the "almost" games the club needs to turn into wins.Last weekend's effort against Adelaide is exactly the type of game the Suns need to start winning in the midfielder's opinion if they are fair dinkum about progressing into a top-eight contender.
Carlton can ill-afford to be without Saad, a former Gold Coast player, for their match against the Suns with both teams carrying 1-2 records.
Gold Coast have been decimated by injuries to their ruck department, with co-captain Jarrod Witts suffering a season-ending knee injury.
Under-sized swingman Chris Burgess took over in the final quarter against Adelaide last week and is likely to get the role again.
"I think if you ask (Collingwood coach) Nathan Buckley around hit-outs and ruck work, it's how you use it," Carlton coach David Teague said.
"I thought when Burgess went in there, he jumped well for them."
The Blues put their opening two defeats behind them to smash Fremantle by 45 points last Sunday to kick-start their season.
Star midfielder Patrick Cripps made a welcome return to form by finishing with 34 touches, 11 clearances and kicking two goals.
Blues chief executive Cain Liddle flagged a contract extension for Cripps was imminent, which would provide a massive boost for the club.
"I think it would be great for our fans and supporters," Teague said.
"From an internal point of view, I don't think it would change too much.
"He's been an outstanding leader, the way he's helping his mates get better."
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