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Michael Whiting  January 22, 2016 6:12 PM

AFL 2015 Training - Gold Coast 171215

Matt Rosa likes what he has seen so far at the Suns

I think if we keep a healthy list and keep raising the bar with our standards, hopefully it'll turn quickly

MATT Rosa saw a quick turnaround in fortunes at West Coast, and the new Gold Coast winger believes the same can happen at the Suns.

Rosa has now spent two months of pre-season training since being traded to Gold Coast and likes what he sees so far.

After 168 games at the Eagles, the 29-year-old is coming to a club that barely avoided the wooden spoon in 2015, winning four-and-a-half games to finish 16th.

But he says things can turn quickly.

Twice during his time at West Coast, the Eagles rose from the ashes within the space of 12 months.

In 2011 they made a preliminary final after finishing last the year before.

And last year they made a stunning rise to finish runners-up to Hawthorn after missing the top eight in 2014.

Rosa, who played 17 games last year, including the Grand Final as a substitute, said he saw the right attitude in his early days at Metricon Stadium.

"From previous experience at West Coast, you know things can turn very quickly if you get the right processes in place," Rosa told AFL.com.au.

"I think it goes back to the training standards. We've got some great coaches that are giving the boys great knowledge.

"I think if we keep a healthy list and keep raising the bar with our standards, hopefully it'll turn quickly."

Aside from the need for a specialist wingman, Rosa's addition also boosts a team lacking in experience.

Only captain Gary Ablett (274 games), Michael Rischitelli (199) and Nick Malceski (192) have played more games.

Rosa said the time was right for a change, and in Gold Coast he saw a young list headed in the right direction after watching from afar as it clamped down on off-field misdemeanours.

"They've had a cultural shift," he said.

"I've been really impressed by the boys' attitudes and how hard everyone's working.

"Everyone is really on the same page with trying to make sure we're successful on the field and off the field, and that's the feeling I got when I met with the club at the end of the year, and that's definitely the direction I see the club heading.

"I think last year could be a real turning point for the club.

"Everyone's keen to change the culture and I think there's some young guys that I think will become fantastic leaders, and everyone's really challenging everyone to stand up.

"I think consistency is the big thing at the moment. It's such a young group and getting consistent training standards at a high level, I think that'll flow into games."