Cats see Ablett as midfielder

20 December 2017 22:50:46 GMTPlus11

Coach Chris Scott has confirmed he intends to use Gary Ablett in Geelong's midfield next season.

The superstar has returned to the Cats to bring his skills and experience to bear on the playing list.

He has an aspiration to help the team as much as possible and we all believe that's in the midfield first.

Chris Scott

Ablett, a two-time Brownlow medallist, can play in the onball unit or as a forward but Scott says he sees him primarily as a midfielder.

The Cats have Nakia Cockatoo, Patrick Dangerfield, Joel Selwood, Mitch Duncan, Sam Menegola and Mark Blicavs who, according to the coach, can be used in either role.

Scott's delighted with the 33-year-old's approach on his return. "He didn't come to us and say, 'I think I'm almost cooked here, can you hide me in a forward pocket for a couple of years and I'll snag you 30 goals a year,'" he said.

"He has an aspiration to help the team as much as possible and we all believe that's in the midfield first."

Ablett averaged 33 disposals from 14 games in his final season at Gold Coast, winning his fourth best and fairest award despite being limited by injury.

The eight-time All Australian has been plagued by shoulder problems in the past few years, first having keyhole surgery in 2014.

But Scott said those issues haven't been a factor in the training he has been able to complete so far this pre-season.

"He's training really well," added the coach. "He's got a desire to show his competitiveness on the track and he wants to instill that in some of the young guys as well, which is what we were after [when we pursued him]."

Geelong are 17/2 to win the 2018 Grand Final.

The Cats are 1/3 to finish in the top eight.

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