There are seven players with indigenous heritage on the Gold Coast list. They all played against Collingwood in the Suns' last practice match, and they are all in Guy McKenna's mind as he contemplates his round one line-up.
No pressure, coach. But should Jarrod Harbrow, Harley Bennell, Steven May, Brandon Matera, Timmy Sumner, Jack Martin and Sean Lemmens play together again, the club will start sharing its first small piece of AFL history.
It is almost 11 years since Des Headland joined Jeff Farmer, Antoni Grover, Roger Hayden, Steven Koops, Troy Cook and Dion Woods at Fremantle, and since seven indigenous players played in the same AFL side for the first time.
Chris Connolly's team did something Gerard Neesham's earlier side almost did, and clubs have come close to beating that record since. Essendon, Port Adelaide and Melbourne have regularly played four or five players in the same side at different points, and Lance Franklin, Cyril Rioli, Shaun Burgoyne, Chance Bateman, Carl Peterson and Rhan Hooper played one game together for Hawthorn late in 2010.
The Suns may well match it. ''They're all in with a chance - a big chance, based on what we've seen them all do in the pre-season,'' said McKenna. ''We're not going to pick them because we're looking to break any records. But they're all in good form, and they've all got good fitness.
''We know it's going to be on in the first round. It's going to be a quick game, and intense game, a tough game. They're all here to help us win games like that.''
McKenna likes how each player has made his way to the Suns - from different parts of the country, and in different ways. Harbrow is a north Queenslander, who signed on as an uncontracted Western Bulldog. Steven May was one of the first players signed from the Suns' Northern Territory zone, and Perth boy Matera one of their original 17-year-olds signings.
Bennell, another West Australian, was one of the Suns' first three draftees, chosen after David Swallow in 2010, while South Australian Sumner jumped almost straight into the side last season, playing 11 games after being chosen at No.55 in the 2012 draft.
Then there are the newbies: Lemmens and Martin, the whiz-kid from country WA whom people have been waiting to see play. ''If Jack feels like he's in a hole physically or mentally then it's our duty to look after him and make sure he gets through the season,'' said McKenna, ''but we want to get him to 50 games as soon as possible. The sooner we can get him there, the better we'll be.''
Just a few weeks ago Lemmens was only an outside chance to make an early debut. But the South Australian teenager, the Suns' third pick in last year's draft, was called up for the club's first practice match against Essendon and has held his spot. It would not surprise McKenna if he refused to let go.
The Fremantle seven played six games together in 2003 and McKenna is sure he will get to see his seven in the same side, whatever shape his first-round side takes. ''They're all important players for us,'' he said. ''We're going to need them in there at some point.''