Ablett still seek­ing suc­cess with Suns

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ANDREW HAMIL­TON

FOR his first six months on the Gold Coast Gary Ablett won­dered if he had made the wrong de­ci­sion to be­come the face of the AFL’s 17th team.

It took him an­other year to fully set­tle in, but now says the move forced him to grow- up and he be­came a bet­ter foot­baller in the process.

While Ablett in­sists he has no re­grets walk­ing out on Gee­long, the club and city where his fam­ily are roy­alty, he con­fesses he feels un­ful­filled by the Suns’ lack of suc­cess.

“I think so, I’ve said from day dot it was about com­ing up here and win­ning a premier­ship,’’ he said.

“I would have hoped we would have had more suc­cess by now and played in some fi­nals.’’

On the eve of his 300th game against the Kan­ga­roos to­day the Lit­tle Mas­ter re­mains as much of an enigma as when he ar­rived on the scene 16 years ago with the big­gest boots in the game to fill, those of his fa­ther who Gary Jr still be­lieves is the best to have ever played.

Ablett is pop­u­lar but guards his pri­vacy closely and keeps a small cir­cle of tight friends. He is ac­cused of be­ing self­ish and mo­ti­vated by money yet there is a moun­tain of ev­i­dence to the con­trary.

The born again Chris­tian doesn’t like to broad­cast his gen­eros­ity, but ask any­one close to him and they will talk of his char­ity work with the Gate­way Chil­dren’s Fund where he reg­u­larly spends off- sea­sons in Pa­pua New Guinea help­ing build schools, or the time he chipped in to fund a trip to the US for the fam­ily of a Suns staffer who re­quired med­i­cal treat­ment.

Suns star Gary Ablett.

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