Suns paying for poor training, says Ablett

TEAM LEADER: Gary Ablett of the Suns addresses his teammates after the round 12 AFL match against the Tigers.
TEAM LEADER: Gary Ablett of the Suns addresses his teammates after the round 12 AFL match against the Tigers. JULIAN SMITH

AFL: With his Gold Coast Suns sitting 15th on the ladder, and yet to finish a season higher than 12th, skipper Gary Ablett has conceded the club is paying the price for poor player development in its early years.

Tied to the Suns until the end of 2018 but out for the rest of the season with a serious shoulder injury, Ablett admitted the club had made plenty of mistakes since joining the league in 2011.

“I feel early days we probably developed the boys the wrong way in terms of what we were teaching them on the training track and on the footy field,” he told Channel Nine.

“If you look at all the good sides – Hawthorn, Geelong, the teams that had success over a long period of time – they do the basics of football well, and I don’t think we were training the right drills early days.

“I think we probably thought with games and experience it was just going to happen, and we didn’t spend enough time on the training track training the basics of football.”

Ablett, 32, said coach Rodney Eade had been great in his two seasons with the club.

“He’s implemented the right drills for training, but we’re probably just a little bit behind in our development,” he said.

If things fail to pick up at the Suns, Geelong coach Chris Scott would be happy to see Ablett play out his career with the Cats.

Scott told Channel Nine he would “love to see” Ablett, who played 192 games for the Cats before heading to the Suns in 2011, return to the club.

“I’m probably like most Geelong supporters on this one. I’ve always held on to the pipe dream that he might come back one day,” he said.

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