The CEO of the Gold Coast Suns, Mark Evans, shot down reporters who questioned whether the team had any legs without star Gary Ablett.
The former AFL executive copped a barrage of questions on Wednesday morning, most of which centered around whether Ablett is retiring or returning to Geelong at the end of this season.
“It’s not his last game because he’s contracted for 2018, so let’s hope he keeps playing,” Evans said.
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“That’s my first priority, not talking about farewells to players, but making sure they want to be here the following year.
“If people really think this club is based around one individual, one coach, one CEO, one captain, one star player, one recruit next year, one draftee, if you think it’s based around one person, you’ve got the wrong idea about what high performance sport is about.”
Due to a hamstring complaint Ablett won’t play this Saturday night when the Suns host Melbourne in their last home game for the season.
The dual Brownlow Medallist hasn’t played consecutive games since round 11 and 12.