Adelaide wingman Lachie Sholl says training in scorching heat is helping players prepare for their Round One match against Gold Coast next weekend.

The Crows, who take on the Suns in Queensland next Saturday, trained in Adelaide’s 35-degree heat on Friday, taking part in many drills, including a match simulation.

Speaking to the media post-training, Sholl said players were expecting next week’s game to be played in tough, humid conditions and the recent bout of heat in SA was providing the perfect preparation.

“It was hot, there were a few guys rolling around with bucket hats and visors, but we got through,” Sholl said.

“We had a couple of solid quarters of match sim, it was a good hit-out and it was a really good lead in as well for a week’s time in Gold Coast, because I’m sure it will be quite hot up there.

“I think it is (the heat) quite timely with Round One coming around up in Queensland, it’s certainly going to be no different, so hopefully it holds us in good stead.

“The squad is in quite good shape at the moment, besides a couple of injuries, we are pretty healthy really and everyone is pushing for spots, which is fantastic for the group.”

Midfielder Rory Sloane is still navigating a return from eye surgery which he underwent at the end of January and donned goggles during Friday’s training session, similar to those worn by Collingwood’s Mason Cox.

Asked whether Cox or Sloane wore the goggles better, Sholl was quick to answer.

“Both. Nah, Rory is a teammate, so I’ve got to back him in,” Sholl said.

“I think I said to (Sloane) that he sort of looks like he’s in the NBA Championship with those goggles, spraying the champagne and stuff.

“But obviously it’s a very important thing to look after your eyes and Sloaney has been through a bit with that.

“It’s just awesome to see him out there and training again and obviously that training load will keep increasing and he’ll be back out there in no time.”

Adelaide’s 2024 campaign will kick off next weekend, but the Suns start this Saturday, with the side taking part in the AFL’s inaugural Round Zero.

Sholl said the side was keen to get its season underway.

“We’ve put together a strong pre-season and now it’s time to implement that in-game and we are just focused on what’s coming up,” Sholl said.

“They’re (the Suns) shaping up really good as well, as is everyone, so it should be a really good game next week.”

Adelaide plays Gold Coast at People First Stadium, Gold Coast, on Saturday, March 16.