The Gold Coast Suns are confident of keeping hold of injured star Gary Ablett beyond the 2015 season.
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Ablett’s five-year deal with the Suns expires at the end of the current season and despite rumours of a return to Geelong, the expansion club expect the two-time premiership winner to agree to a new deal in the coming weeks.
Suns football operations manager Marcus Ashcroft told SEN radio that the Suns weren’t “overly concerned” over Ablett’s contract situation.
“Every indication he has given us, and his manager Liam Pickering, is that it will be done sooner rather than later,” Ashcroft is quoted as saying by AFL.com.au.
“We’re not overly concerned. We’re hopeful it will happen in the next couple of weeks.
Ablett struggled in the Suns’ opening two losses against Melbourne and St Kilda and will miss his side’s clash with former club Geelong this weekend following a setback to his injured shoulder.
The 30-year-old missed the back-end to the 2015 season after dislocating his shoulder in round 16 and came in for some special physical attention against the Demons and Saints.
Gold Coast on Tuesday refused to put a time-frame on Ablett’s return, but it is believed the star midfielder will not require surgery.