Should the Suns let Ablett go?

Should the Suns should let Ablett go?

Gary Ablett Junior arrived at the Gold Coast Suns Football Club in 2011 as the face of the new and exciting franchise ready to take the competition by storm. Six years later and Ablett appears set to turn his back on the football club and head back to where he was in the first place, Geelong.

The future is clouded for the two time Brownlow medalist with options ranging from retirement, playing on with his current club or leaving for another club. The latter looks the most favourable currently. But what should the Gold Coast Suns do in their position?

He is contracted until the end of 2018, effectively giving the power to the Suns to keep him if wanted or trade for compensation if they see fit. If the players does want to retire that’s another live option which will void the final year of contract. If he does want to leave then what should the Suns do, let him stay or go?

If they let Ablett go and leave the club for another team its almost certain to be the Geelong Football Club. Where he was originally drafted as a father son and where his father Gary Ablett Senior played for 14 years.

Positives remain for the Gold Coast that they should get great salary cap relief, not that it’s a tight squeeze for them currently but also trade or draft currency in return seeing as Ablett is in contract still. Its also commonly seen as ethically correct if a player wants to leave a club for the right reasons (mainly family or personal life) to be let from a contract, while if not released then the opposite may be thought of the club. It would also give more attention to other high profile players in their club to shine as well as more time for younger players on field.

Ablett is also supposedly battling personal issues. An unknown matter that only adds mystery to his footballing future.

Strong reports emerged in last years trade period featuring that Ablett had requested a trade back to Geelong and leave the club as the reigning captain of six years. The request was swiftly denied by the football club as the contract was still valid for two years. It is perhaps a preview of what is to come after this year’s football season.

If they are adamant Ablett must stay and play out the final year of his contract the player may be dissatisfied and retire based off their decision. A major sticking point for the Suns keeping Ablett may be that he will potentially negatively effect the club in future years by playing against them and causing the Suns added oppositional headaches.

So the calls looks likely to ultimately come down to the Suns, with Abletts mind looking set on a return to his home town after six years spent in Queensland. Do they make a statement to their playing list saying a contract must be abided by or do they let the player walk?


Twitter list

AFL Drafts Twitter List

This Twitter List in intended to cover the most important members of the AFL draft process through gaining the key information while also allowing for interesting journalism and stories of the past.


The official account of the NAB AFL Draft is an essential source for quick and accurate information. Often retweets AFL medias draft articles featuring potential draftees or under-18 championship squads.

Brenton Sanderson @SandoBrent

Sanderson is the AFLs National Academy Head Coach so he has great insight and personal experience with potential draftees and recent draftees. A previous AFL coach Sanderson is also a great football man and analyses the game well.

Matthew Lloyd @MatthewLloyd18

Lloyd is the AIS academy assistant coach so also has great insight and access to the best young talent in the country. Lloyd shares his thoughts of the past of who was elite as youngsters and who should have been picked where.

Brett Anderson @BrettAndersonIF

Brett Anderson is a Melbourne based AFL journalist and draft/trade analyst for 1116 Sen sports radio station. Anderson as a top sports journalist closely follows the draft and can gain inside word on club strategy and thinking.

Terry Wallace @thelistmanager

Terry Wallace is a past AFL coach and now focuses on list management. He is a real expert when it comes to draft and trading. He stays active through his opinions on the AFL and is especially prominent during key trade and draft times including running a trade radio where he features lots of draft talk.

Future Stars @FutureStarsTV

Future Stars are a TV show on the nine network that is dedicated to the AFL draft. They feature Terry Wallace and Kevin Sheehan who are draft experts on their show. The show will preview draftees, revisit past drafts and bring on players and discuss their draft past.

Matt Balmer @MattBalmer7

Matt Balmer is a 2nd year journalism student who edits for AFLDraftCentral and is a AFLDraft analyst. He tweets many of his blogs and other draft related work which is roar and less mainstream.

Callum Twomey @CalTwomey

Cal Twomey is one of the key men is the AFL draft coverage annually. Journalist for AFL media Twomey specialises in the draft alongside Nat Edwards and runs a weekly podcast discussing the draft future. He often speaks with key draft figures and watches lots of under-18 football.

Sam Landsberger @SamLandsberger

Sam Landsberger is a Herald Sun journalist who covers AFL and has many talked about pieces on the draft. He is a pioneer of the “pick me” series run by the herald sun were potential draftees tell people why they should be selected.

Kevin Sheehan @AFL_Shifter

The AFLs national talent manager Kevin Sheehan has a wealth of knowledge into the draft system and follows the journeys of the best youngsters. He also works oversees to cover internationals vying to play AFL.


2013 AFL Draft revisited

Which draft smoky ended as the best player of the pool?



The order is only a personal opinion and is from what the player has achieved up to mid-season 2016 and somewhat what they have potentially showed.

10-Blake Acres – Collingwood  (Nathan Freeman)

Acres taking out the round six rising star nomination sneaks him into the top ten selections of the draft. He has stepped up his game in 2016 after two average and inconsistent years in 2014 and 2015.

9-Cameron McCarthy – Melbourne (Christian Salem)

After only registering the solitary game in his first year McCarthy played 20 games in 2015 kicking 35 goals a fantastic effort.

8-Luke Dunstan – North Melbourne (Luke McDonald F/S)

Dunstan announced he could really compete at the top level in his very first game of football in round one of 2014 picking up the rising star nomination after collecting 21 disposals and 7 tackles.

7-Lewis Taylor – Brisbane Lions (James Aish)

Brisbane snatched a young jet at selection 28 in 2013 with Lewis Taylor being very capable at AFL level. Taylor played every game in his first year at the struggling Lions performing well enough to take out the rising star award.

6-Kade Kolodjashnij – Collingwood (Matthew Scharenberg)

Tasmanian Kade Kolodjashnij has made the smooth transition into AFL football at the Gold Coast Suns playing off half back. His silky skills and hard running have allowed him to play quality senior football early off in his career.

5-Jack Billings – Gold Coast Suns (Kade Kolodjashnij)

Jack Billings looks a quality pick early on in his career playing some exciting football in his first three seasons. He announced himself against the Bulldogs in 2015 kicking four second half goals and having 27 disposals to see the Saints record a comeback win from 56 points down.

4-Zach Merrett- Western Bulldogs (Marcus Bontempelli)

Essendon has got one of the steals of the 2013 draft with small midfielder Zach Merrett at pick 26. Merrett has improved greatly each year he has played but in 2016 he has taken his game to the next level playing midfield.

3-Josh Kelly – St Kilda (Jack Billings)

Josh Kelly has possibly the most upside of the 2013 draft with his fantastic mixed game to go with his brilliant kick. Some comparisons to Scott Pendlebury game and kick are valid.

2-Patrick Cripps – GWS Giants (Josh Kelly)

Patrick Cripps was a fantastic selection by Carlton at pick 13 with the midfielder announcing himself as a standout player winning a best and fairest in his second year.Leading the league for clearances in his third year shows his ability.

1- Marcus Bontempelli – GWS Giants (Thomas Boyd)

Marcus Bontempelli is to this stage the best player of the 2013 national draft. “The Bont”as many call him showed some unbelievable signs in his first year but took it to a new level in his second leading the young Bulldogs to their first finals appearance since 2010. Bontempelli was a late draft bolter and was only seen as a first round selection in the latter weeks before draft day.

Please share your opinions on who should have gone where?