GARY Ablett is coming off his second shoulder surgery in two years, but the Gold Coast champion is in fine shape two months before the season starts.

The Suns sweltered through a match simulation at Metricon Stadium on Thursday morning, with Ablett one of many to impress.

The Little Master is still wearing the orange cap to signify he can't be tackled, but is expected to resume full contact in the coming weeks.

Ablett was everywhere, starting possession chains at half-back and then rejoining them at half-forward.

He is as fit as ever.

The troublesome left shoulder that required surgery last August – the same one he dislocated in 2014 – seemed an afterthought as he took marks and handballed on both sides.

It's been a big six months for Ablett, who unsuccessfully asked the Suns for a trade and then stood down from the captaincy after six years at the helm to concentrate on playing his best footy.

He wasn't the only one to shine on another hot and humid Gold Coast day.

Former Adelaide midfielder Jarryd Lyons looks right at home at his new club, winning plenty of clearances, and also looked dangerous when he spent time forward.

No.4 draft pick Ben Ainsworth kicked a couple of goals and was lively in the forward line.

Star Brisbane Lions recruit Pearce Hanley hobbled off late in the session after tweaking his ankle, but will not miss any training after further testing cleared him of injury.