The Courier-Mail

Come what May, Suns improving

- ANDREW HAMILTON

STEVEN May says he has noticed a major improvemen­t in his young teammates and believes that through the injury crisis, a foundation is being laid that will prepare the Suns for finals success.

May made a stunning return from his three-week suspension in Saturday’s 53point loss to Hawthorn by keeping All Australian and Coleman medallist Jarryd Roughead goal-less.

“I feel like I did my job, getting suspended hurts the team and watching those last few weeks was very frustratin­g and it was my chance to make up for it,’’ he said.

“We still lost but the positive thing for me was I was able to come in and do my job, which I was nervous about because Roughie is a gun.’’

May said the Suns’ defensive group had improved drasticall­y in his absence, despite still missing Rory Thompson and Nick Malceski.

“What I found was a few of the young boys have really grown over the three weeks,’’ he said.

“I played with Jesse Lonergan and Henry Schade for the first time against Brisbane when we won and they didn’t say much.

“Then to come in after three weeks out, I was impressed by how much they are talking, how they work together. It shows their growth in a short period of time.’’

May said the Suns’ defence was as good as it had ever been and the side needed to use it as the blueprint.

“Some of the best kicks in the comp were turning it over because of our pressure which should give us confidence going into Sydney next week and then for Freo, who are both equally as good as the Hawks,’’ he said.

 ??  ?? GREAT JOB: Steven May.
GREAT JOB: Steven May.

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