Doubts over his knees persist but Gold Coast young gun Jaeger O'Meara is set for an AFL round one return in 2016.
The 2014 AFL rising star ruptured a patella tendon during a pre-season match to end his second campaign before it had even begun in 2015.
The injury blow came months after O'Meara underwent off-season surgery to relieve tendinitis in both of his knees.
Suns coach Rodney Eade says it's unclear at this stage how much of an effect the serious injury will have on the 21-year-old's long-term future but there's no reason why he won't be back in action from the outset next year.
"There's always some doubt," Eade said.
"We think we've got the best medical advice. He's starting his program already.
"The injury he had at the start of this year might be linked to his operation last year but they were separate injuries. It was a freakish accident.
"We're confident he'll be right ... he should be able to start pre-season with everyone else.
"If everything goes well he'll be more than ready by round one."