Ablett likely to retire or head south after one more season in the sun

Gary Ablett can see a future for himself with the Gold Coast Suns past the end of this season.

However, at this stage it seems the two most likely paths which lie before him are a return to Victoria or retiring from the field to spend more time with his family.

With his 100th game for the Suns approaching this weekend, Ablett said he simply doesn’t know what 2018 looks like for him right now.


“For personal reasons, family reasons, I just need to work out where everything is sitting in my life at that time,” he said.

While his decision will come at the end of the season, he says he can still see a scenario where he stays with the Suns if personal issues were sorted out by then.

“Yeah, yeah, without a doubt, if we can work through some of the things that are going on off-field.”

Ablett said the personal issues he’s facing are not something he would discuss at a news conference but if they can be overcome he could see himself staying with the Suns.

He said Sunday night’s 86-point win over the Hawks showed the team plays a good brand of football.

“If we can play like that every week we’re going to a really competitive side but I don’t want to think too long-term, I just want to focus on this year and getting out and playing some good footy.”

The Suns play Carlton on Saturday night at Etihad Stadium