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Gary Ablett backs Gold Coast Suns into a corner with retirement threat

Gary Ablett backs Gold Coast Suns into a corner with retirement threat

Just about everything a footballer can achieve has been achieved by Gary Ablett. He has pushed his now-aging body to the limit for well over a decade of marvellous football, and is now feeling the strain.

"I think confidence within a group is a big thing".

Ablett is contracted to the Suns until the end of 2018 but blindsided the club when he requested a trade back to Geelong at the end of past year.

Gold Coast flew out of the blocks with Ablett delivering to the attacking third and Jack Martin who got the Suns' first goal in 60 seconds.

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He was an All-American seven times between the indoor and outdoor track seasons and won four NCAA championships. For context, that's faster than all but three official times from this year's scouting combine.

"As I said, that will be something that I will talk to the club about at the end of the year, what the next step is for me".

By reiterating on The Footy Show that he could retire at the end of this season, despite having another year to run on a contract worth between $700,000 and $800,000, Ablett has essentially declared: "trade me or lose me for nothing" because of his family issues.

"It does hurt when you hear people say that you don't care".

"It's really one that if there are questions that Geelong should answer around it it's best for him to respond".

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"I kind of expected it (the speculation surrounding his future) leading into the season after everything that happened in the off-season, with me asking for a trade", Ablett said. "I'm going to give it everything".

Speaking on GOLD FM on Thursday morning the midfielder insisted he is 100% genuine in helping the Suns get back on track, starting on Sunday when they host Hawthorn at Metricon Stadium. He has been a fantastic ambassador and an even better player, and had injury not intervened in the last two years, would have won two Brownlow medals at the club and possibly even snuck the team into a finals series. "I think everyone knows my reasons why I had that conversation but at the same time I'm fully committed to the Suns - and I told them that".

As the man himself points out, Ablett has given so much to this game and to the Gold Coast Suns.

"He has a lot of pride, he's been a great player and he played very well in Round 1, unfortunately one bad game and he gets labelled something".

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For someone who is given license to get forward as much as the Spanish left-wing back, you'd expect better in the final third. The Bournemouth boss added: "They did what they felt was right for him and their club, so I have no problem with that".


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