Defending Club Champion Alison Drennan says she can’t wait to show SUNS fans the vast improvements made throughout the squad, beginning with Sunday’s first home game of the season at Metricon Stadium.

The SUNS return home to the Gold Coast for the first time in Season Seven, taking on Round One victor West Coast at 5.10pm.

Drennan is one of an array of SUNS players who have put in plenty of additional work throughout the off-season, taking advantage of extra craft and skills sessions afforded by the SUNS coaching staff.

The experienced midfielder says there have been clear improvements.

“I feel like we’re thriving. The group has improved so much and I can’t wait to show the fans just how much we have,” Drennan said.

“We’re always trying to build that connection so we’re not just doing individual work with a coach, we’re getting groups of players along and it has been awesome.

“Having access to these extra opportunities is helping us increase the professionalism of the program.”

The SUNS will be looking to put that practice into performance with a stronger start than in its opening round defeat against North Melbourne on Saturday.

A blistering fourth-quarter effort, during which the Roos were held scoreless, wasn’t enough to overcome a deficit built during the first half.

It’s that brand of football from the final 15 minutes that the SUNS want to hang their hat on in Season Seven.

“We just have to get back to our identity – be that go forward team, don’t muck around with the footy too much and give our forwards an opportunity to score,” Drennan added.

“There were some good parts of the game, certainly the fourth quarter, but we weren’t so happy with the first three quarters.

“We’re adapting and trying new things – that’s part of it and we’ll be ready to go this weekend.

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