GOLD Coast Suns management is busy balancing the books to ensure the local AFL club can keep the game’s best player.
Captain Gary Ablett’s contract is up for renewal with the superstar expected to earn around $1million a season in 2016 and 2017.
Fox Sports reports, the dual Brownlow medalist is expected to take a pay cut on the $7.5 million five-year deal he signed for the 2011-2015 seasons.
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It means the Suns need to strike a balance between paying Ablett close to what he is worth while saving money to assemble a premiership list.
The skilled skipper has previously confessed he wants to stay on the Gold Coast to lead the Suns to an AFL Premiership.
Ablett and the boys will take on his former side Geelong this weekend at Metricon Stadium in what has been the club’s best year so far. The Suns are in the top eight after seven wins from 12 games.