Gold Coast junior Lachie Weller returned to the AFL club in October but it was only this week he was able to set foot on his home ground.
Finally on Saturday, with the Carrara oval now returned to its natural state after April's Commonwealth Games, the Suns will play at home in a grudge match featuring the return of inaugural Suns skipper Gary Ablett and his sixth-placed Geelong.
It signals the start of what Weller is calling "stage two" and the end of a wicked initiation for the former Fremantle midfielder and rookie coach Stuart Dew.
It began during a ferocious tropical Cairns downpour, continued with a Perth mini-break, included trips to Melbourne and Brisbane twice, Adelaide once and finished with a journey to Shanghai.
Approximately 40,000km of travel to play nine games has produced three wins and some frustratingly close losses that have defied many critics but still left them drifting in 15th position.
"It's like a new season; we spoke about it being stage two now and what we do now," he told AAP.
"We've handled it well but I look at it and think we could've won more ... a few games got away.
"It could've been better and (a win against Geelong) would be a good start."
Weller, 22, has good memories of playing at Metricon, both as a Docker and a Suns junior.
But he's still enjoyed being back on the Coast despite the lengthy wait for a home game.
"I've just been surfing flat out, from Miami to Cabarita," he said.
"We have a good crew; Touk Miller, Harrison Wigg, (assistant coach) Dean Solomon, he's right into it."
"It's (the club) real tight, really clear what Stuey's (Dew) trying to get us to play like and at times we've played some really good football and it makes you excited about what could come."
The Suns have lost their last four matches and are ranked lowest in marks taken overall, contested and inside 50 this season.
But they are also the AFL's most prolific tacklers and among the competition's best contested possession teams.
It means the return of Tom Lynch - after a month out managing knee soreness - as well as Sam Day (suspension) and Jack Martin (illness) could provide the polish to convert their effort into points.