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STEVEN May thinks the clicking point for the Suns is close.
The moment Suns fans and players have been waiting for when the side hits its undoubted potential and, more importantly, stays there.
So close, he believed the Suns can cause a major boilover against Geelong this weekend.
“I genuinely thing we are a big chance,’’ he said.
“They were undefeated and everyone thought they were flying, but to see the way Collingwood were able to pick them apart gives us confidence.’’
May is voicing a definite shift in mentality at the Suns.
In the lead-up to a challenge like the Cats, the talk would traditionally be about the desire for effort, for everyone to do their best.
According to May, the players are tired of that, of the excuses that have been made for them and the ones they have made for themselves.
“Yes we are young but it is no excuse,’’ he said.
“It just means we have to grow up quicker.’’
Steven May says the Suns are a big chance to beat the Cats. Picture: Scott Fletcher
The 24-year-old said for the first time in his career at the Suns there is an expectation to win.
There is no talk about building for the future.
He said Rodney Eade was furious after the loss to the Kangaroos.
“Close enough is not good enough,’’ he said.
“We need wins. A coach with so much experience like Rocket, he has seen what good teams can do.
“And he thinks we are just off, we have missed two close ones, we have to win and we have to win now.’’
May said he first began to sense a real change in the side’s expectations the day after the win against Carlton and his feelings were reinforced during Monday’s review session.
Both were brutal.
Gold Coast’s win over Carlton has given the team belief, says May. Picture: Getty Images
He said the pump-up sessions are a thing of the past.
“The reviews have always been pretty positive in the past because of injuries or the fact we were a young team, but there is none of that anymore, they are purely on facts,’’ he said.
“Defensive efforts, looking after the ball, desperation, that is what we highlight.
“Against the Blues the review was tough, we won and it was a badly needed win but we played badly.
“The review of the Kangaroos game would have been the same if we won, because Rocket is coaching us to one day play in finals, we made some errors that we can’t accept.’’
The Suns’ vice-captain will return to the side after two weeks out with a hamstring injury if he gets through a full speed running session on Tuesday.
“I’m tracking along nicely but I do have a test tomorrow,’’ he said.
“It wasn’t as bad as originally thought so we have been able to push the envelope.’’