The final AFL list spot at the Gold Coast Suns is reportedly left down to two remaining players after the Queensland club decided to cull a pair of pre-season trialists.
The Suns currently have just the sole list spot on offer for the 2022 season, which they can opt to fill through the Pe-Season Supplemental Selection Period until its closure on March 9.
The Suns are among as many as eight clubs to currently have players training for a list spot for the season ahead, with Gold Coast having invited former St Kilda and Collingwood midfielder Nathan Freeman, 2021 Magarey Medal winner James Tsitas and overlooked draft prospects Lewis Rayson and Morgan Ferres.
The latter duo in Rayson and Ferres are now understood to have departed the Suns' pre-season training plans for 2022, with Freeman and Tsitas set to fight for the last spot on Stuart Dew's list, according to AFL.com.au's Riley Beveridge.
Both Freeman and Tsitas have been prolific ball-winners among the nation's top leagues in recent years, with the Suns understood to be looking for experience over potential as they mull their final rookie list spot decision.
Freeman last featured in the AFL in 2018 prior to being delisted by St Kilda, who he joined after a luckless run of injuries and no games with the Magpies.
The 26-year-old has since been a dominant presence in the VFL, having pieced together a stellar season with the Frankston Dolphins in 2021.
Tsitas was as equally scintillating last year, having led the Woodville-West Torrens to the SANFL premiership and sharing the competition's best and fairest honours with former Blue and Crows onballer Bryce Gibbs.
The Eagles ball magnet is also a past captain of Geelong's VFL side, having hailed from Grovedale before venturing to South Australia.
Clubs are permitted to add train-on players to their summer schedules should they have list spots available, with the SSP and the Mid-Season Rookie Draft the only avenues to add playing personnel before the season's end.
The Suns have kept their doors open to Freeman and Tsitas for the time being, with Gold Coast needing to fill the list spot made free from midfielder Hugh Greenwood's stunning move to North Melbourne.