SUNS fans will get their first look at draftee Elijah Hollands this weekend as the 2020 pick 7 is set to be unleashed for his first game in club colours on the weekend.
Hollands came to the club in the middle of his rehab from an ACL injury, but has proved his fitness after training fully the last three weeks.
The 19-year-old told SUNS Media he couldn’t wait to make his club debut in the VFL against Aspley on Saturday.
“I’m obviously excited, it feels like it's been a long time coming,” Hollands said.
“I feel really good, I've had a lot of time to get fit over summer and the first half of the season so physically I feel really good.
“It's just about putting it all together now.”
At his best, Hollands is a damaging inside midfielder who can break games open with his explosiveness from stoppages.
But the first-year isn’t putting any added pressure on his performance this weekend after the long-term layoff he has endured.
“It’s almost been two years since I played my last game so first and foremost, I'm just going to try my best to enjoy it,” Hollands said.
“I'll play across half-forward for most of the day so I think I can bring my strengths which is work-rate and hopefully if I can get my hands on the footy a little bit just to be able to use it well.
“Hopefully we can also get a good result against Aspley as well who have been playing some pretty good footy.”
SUNS Senior Coach Stuart Dew said Hollands’ attitude during his rehab process at the club has been one of the most impressive things he’s noticed about the young man.
“We asked him to go a little bit slower to make sure we knew where he was physically, and he's never complained,” Dew said.
“So he's had a fantastic attitude and we just look forward to him playing.
“It's a good moment for him and his family and to play his first game as part of an AFL squad, it’s exciting.”
The SUNS VFL side line up against Aspley at 12pm at Graham Rd on Saturday afternoon.