Former teammate holds out hope of the prodigal son returning to the Cats. Geelong veteran Mathew Stokes said he has not given up on the hope he might get to play out his career alongside former teammate and good friend Gary Ablett.
Ahead of their much-anticipated clash with the Suns in two weeks time, Stoakes said the club would welcome back one of their favorite sons if he expressed a desire to end his career as a Cat.
Ablett left Geelong on a lucrative contract to become the on and off-field leader of the Gold Coast Suns, with two year remaining on the deal.
When Ablett hits the free-agent market again he will be 31, and barring injury, still able to influence a game.
Stoakes said it would be a “fairytale” if the deal was able to happen but nothing was set in stone.
“He is going well up there, but you never know. In a couple of years he might come back and play for the good old Geelong again. It’s a fairytale a lot of people are hoping for,” Stoakes said.
Ablett has expressed his desire to spearhead the Suns to their first premiership in the time he has with the club, but admits the end of his career could see him playing anywhere.
“Look, I have another three years at the Gold Coast. It is not something I have thought about too much. I am sure I will get to the end of those three years and I don’t know where I will be in my life. I have met a girl down here, but it’s hard to say, I don’t know where I will be,” Ablett said.