Elijah Hollands will play his first game in 16 months on Saturday when he lines up for Gold Coast's VFL team against Aspley.
The 19-year-old Border product ruptured his ACL in his left knee in February last year, but had shown enough to AFL recruiters in 2019 to earn a spot on the Suns' list.
Hollands had been touted as a number one pick before the injury and is set to play predominantly as a forward this weekend.
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"We're really happy for him," Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew said.
"We've asked him to be really patient.
"Our guys wanted to make sure he went through all the steps, so we took him back four or five steps to get him going."
Just 10 matches remain in the AFL season, but Dew didn't rule out the possibility of Hollands being considered for an AFL debut later this year if his form warranted selection.
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