DION Prestia spoke passionately about Gold Coast's future on Tuesday, but held firm in not opening contract talks for at least another month.
Prestia's current deal with the Suns expires at season's end, and the prolific midfielder has been linked with a number of clubs, headed by Melbourne.
But the 23-year-old has offered the same comments since being quizzed early in the year – he'll wait until the mid-season bye before opening negotiations.
Despite the Suns' current struggles – they've lost five matches in succession and have been hammered by injuries – Prestia says his decision will have nothing to do with their current plight.
"At the moment we're not in great form and I know we can reach a higher potential," he said.
"That's not what I'm waiting for.
"My manager and the club are constantly in talks. We agreed to hold them off at the start of the year, which we have, and I've just been trying to come back and play some good footy.
"I'm not there yet in my own expectations and form, so I'll continue to build that, and my manager will look after the contract talks with the club."
Prestia has been battling a knee injury this season and says it's something he is now on top of but will have to manage for the rest of his career.
With injuries to midfield mates David Swallow, Jaeger O'Meara and more recently Michael Rischitelli, Alex Sexton and Matt Rosa, Prestia has willed himself to matches despite being less than 100 per cent.
He is averaging 24 disposals a game.
He said the thought of players returning later this season, and beyond, was reason for optimism for Gold Coast.
"When we're all back out there together it'll be a lot better than it has been in the past," he said.
"That's the way I'll look at it, so when everyone's out on the park it's a good feeling.
"Our list is still young. We've got a lot of potential to push for a premiership, push for finals this year.
"We've also got a new high-performance complex going up, so it's an exciting time around the club."