Geelong CEO Brian Cook has revealed the major reasons for bringing Gary Ablett back to the club.
Ablett completed a romantic comeback to the Cats last week when the Gold Coast Suns allowed the two-time Brownlow Medallist to head home along with Pick 24 and a future fourth-round pick in exchange for Pick 19 and a future second-round pick.
It goes against Geelong’s recent decisions to part ways with the likes of Paul Chapman, Steve Johnson, James Kelly and even Jimmy Bartel.
Asked if he was not quite as enamoured with the recruitment of the ageing Ablett as perhaps Cats coach Chris Scott is, Cook said on Sportsday that suggestion was purely fiction.
“I’ve always felt that Gary Ablett would be a great acquisition for us because of his form,” said Cook defiantly.
“People are worried about his age but basically if you are winning Best and Fairests at the age of 33, you are still playing good footy.
“Some people say it is inconsistent with a Chapman or all the other (older) players who have left us, but it’s not, because this guy Gary Ablett has won Best and Fairests in his previous two years.”
With his time in the caper coming to an end, Cook was asked what he plans to achieve in his final two or three years at the helm, Cook said: “Along with the Kardinia Park Trust, finish off the stadium. That would be fantastic.
“Seeing we started it in 2001, that would be great.
“I’d love to win another premiership.
“Would love to get our membership to 60,000 and more.
“Can’t wait for the introduction of the AFL Women’s team.
“And the maintenance of the culture.”