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Karmichael Hunt looks set for AFL return

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Recent good form: Karmichael Hunt.

Recent good form: Karmichael Hunt. Photo: Getty Images

Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna has given his strongest hint yet that Karmichael Hunt is poised to make his AFL return.

The former rugby league star is yet to play this year for the Suns but looks likely to be thrown straight into the mix against in-form Sydney at Metricon Stadium on Sunday.

Hunt hasn't featured for the Suns since round 23 last year as he's battled injury and a lack of fitness following a disrupted pre-season.

"Given how he performed on the weekend (in reserves) he's certainly knocking loud and clear on the door," McKenna said.

"If he'd been fit last week he may even have got a run last week.

"Karmichael's form has been good over a month and he's assured me that his fitness is up to a level that he thinks he can get through as much as he possibly can.

"Given his hardness and his ability to stay strong over a contested footy ... we're playing the Swans this weekend and I'd give him a good chance."

While Hunt's return will add bite to the Suns' half-forward line, it's at the back where McKenna has his biggest headaches.

Trent McKenzie and Danny Stanley are both struggling with shoulder injuries picked up in last weekend's loss to Adelaide while Rory Thompson is also battling to recover from a wrist injury which has forced him to sit out the past two matches.

With the Swans' all-star forward line of Kurt Tippett, Lance Franklin and Adam Goodes in red-hot form, the lack of bodies in defence is a concern.

Key defender Steven May, who signed a two-year contract extension keeping him at the Suns until the 2017 campaign, will once more be asked to nullify most of the Swans' threats on Sunday.

May has been superb this season but had his colours lowered against the Crows with direct opponent Taylor Walker booting five goals.

McKenna said he was confident the 22-year-old would step up against the Swans.

"Deep down Maysie's a competitor," he said.

"I'm sure with Maysie's natural competitive juices I wouldn't want to be the one playing on him this week that's for sure."

AAP

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