Ablett tells Gold Coast he wants AFL trade

Sep 26, 2017 - 6:45 AM Gary Ablett is poised to make an AFL return to Geelong, with Gold Coast indicating they are open to granting him a trade.

The Suns released a short statement on Tuesday to announce the dual Brownlow Medallist had formally requested a return to Kardinia Park, where he played 192 games and won two premierships.

Ablett is contracted for next season but hasn't ruled out retiring if he is unable to finish his career with the Cats.

The 33-year-old was denied a trade to Geelong last year, and Suns chairman Tony Cochrane later declared there were no circumstances under which Ablett would be allowed to break his contract.

But in a strong sign that a deal will now be done, the Suns have indicated they will consider Ablett's latest trade request.

"We indicated to Gary and his manager Liam Pickering that there are conditions that will need to be met for the Gold Coast if this is to be achieved," Suns chief executive Mark Evans said on Tuesday.

"(List manager) Scott Clayton will be available to meet with Liam and Geelong to ensure these conditions are met."

Geelong also put out a brief statement saying they would work with Gold Coast to reach agreement on a trade.

Ablett joined the Suns in a multi-million dollar deal at the end of 2010 and won his second Brownlow Medal in 2013.

He stepped down as captain during the off-season amid revelations he had requested a trade to Geelong for family reasons.

Ablett's contract is believed to be heavily front-loaded, meaning the Cats may be asked to provide some level of financial compensation to secure his services.

The prospect of Ablett returning to Kardinia Park alongside fellow superstars Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood will have Cats fans salivating.

But any Ablett deal could potentially set back Geelong's pursuit of Western Bulldogs forward Jake Stringer and Greater Western Sydney's Devon Smith, both of whom have shown long-term star potential.

The Cats do not have a first-round pick in this year's draft, having traded it last year in order to land former Carlton defender Zach Tuohy.

Geelong forwards Daniel Menzel and Steven Motlop are both off-contract and could come up for trade, although coach Chris Scott has indicated he wants restricted free agent Motlop to remain with the Cats.

Injuries have restricted Ablett to just 34 games in the past three seasons.

Despite only making 14 appearances this year, Ablett still won the Suns' club champion prize for the fourth time.

Source: AAP

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