Gary Ablett explains return to Geelong

Gary Ablett says he wants to leave the Gold Coast and return to Geelong because he’s sick of “doing a long distance relationship with family”.

The Suns inaugural captain requested a trade back to Geelong in September despite being contracted to play for Gold Coast next year.

Ablett said his priorities have shifted since he first joined the club.


“I need to be around my family back home, who I have spent the last 7 years doing long distance with,” he wrote for Exclusive Insight.

“My sisters, my brother, and parents all play a huge role in my life, and it’s time that I make myself more available to them and others back home.”

The winner of the Suns Best and Fairest in 2017 was quick to shoot down accusations he regrets his time at the Suns.

“Although I am requesting for my time to come to an end on the Gold Coast, there is absolutely nothing that I would have done differently,” he said.

“The Gold Coast Football Club has played an essential role in the man and football player that I am today.

“It has allowed me to grow as a player and as a leader, I have built great relationships and have made lifelong friends. Coming to this decision has been extremely tough because, like most people, I don’t like disappointing others.”

The AFL trade period runs from Monday 9 October to 18 October.