Suns player Gary Ablett during the round 15 AFL match between the Gold Coast and North Melbourne.
Suns player Gary Ablett during the round 15 AFL match between the Gold Coast and North Melbourne. DAVE HUNT

Cats coach cool on moves to lure Ablett

CHRIS Scott says Gary Ablett is unlikely to get home to the Cattery because of the hurdles impeding a trade for the dual Brownlow Medallist.

The Cats senior coach on Friday said he would love to see Ablett at the Cats given the capacity for him to play as a dangerous small forward.

But the Cats are aware they would need to trade a quality player for Ablett, 33, and potentially pay for some of that player's salary.

It is good business for Scott to downplay the club's chances ahead of months of posturing about a potential trade.

Ablett's threat to return home and retire if not traded could also scare the Suns into making a deal.

But Scott said on SEN Radio he didn't think the club would be able to secure a trade for their dual premiership champion.

"It is unlikely to be perfectly frank," Scott said.

"It is a question that should be directed to (list manager) Stephen Wells. At the moment, it looks like there are too many obstacles for it to happen.

"In very, very simple terms would we prefer Gary Ablett to be in our team. Yes.

"He would help. The question is what impact does it have on others, is he prepared to play the role we want? There is a bit to work through before you even jump the hurdle of list management issues."

The Cats had hoped to trade a later pick for Ablett and pay him less than $500,000 a season given his age.


Coach of the Cats Chris Scott is seen during the Round 17 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Hawthorn Hawks at the MCG in Melbourne, Saturday, July 15, 2017. (AAP Image/Julian Smith) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY
Geelong coach Chris Scott runs off the MCG. JULIAN SMITH

But when Ablett plays he is still in phenomenal form despite controversy about injuries including hamstring tendon soreness that has seen him miss recent games.

Essendon champion Matthew Lloyd has wondered whether he is picking and choosing whether to play home games.

Scott still wants him as a contested ball monster who can win the hard ball up forward or release Patrick Dangerfield forward.

"We said for a long time such is the value we place on contested deep forwards if we had two we would play one deep," Scott said.

"Then we brought Patty Dangerfield in and are tempted to play him forward but it's so hard to go away from that strength around the midfield."

Ablett said at the start of the season he might need to return to Melbourne at year's end to deal with issues believed to relate to his family.

"This may be my last season," Ablett said.

"I've got some things going on in my life that I'm not going to elaborate on, but they're my number one priority at the moment.

"I said to the club that I'm super committed to this year and I'm going to give it everything, but I don't know what 2018 holds for me.

"I'll sit down with the club at the end of the year, we'll talk through that and I'll work out what the next step is for me."