Time for Ablett to change according to AFL assistant coach

SEN - Mon, 9th Jul 2018 - 1 Comment

Former Richmond coach Danny Frawley believes its time for Geelong to make a positional change with Gary Ablett.

Frawley doesn’t believe the Cats are getting the best out of him, using him in a standard midfield role.

“The guy’s 34 and to me, I think he’s now a wingman. He’s an outside player that can distribute the ball for the Cats,” he told SEN Breakfast.

“They’re continually putting him in the middle. He had 17 disposals, 13 of them uncontested.

“Ablett at his Brownlow best gets 35 and there’s 17 contested and 10 clearances.

“I think Chris Scott needs to have a lunch with Ablett and say it’s time to change, you’ve been an outstanding player on the inside.

‘We’ve got Sam Menegola, we’ve got Patrick Dangerfield in the prime of his career, we’ve got Joel Selwood, we’ve got another young couple, but your ability to be the wingman for us and let the other boys do the dirty work, I think it makes sense.”

Former St Kilda midfielder Nick Dal Santo agreed, saying moving Ablett to the outside or behind the ball would cause nightmares for the opposition.

“I actually agree with you 100 per cent. We’re constantly talking about the best way to play the big three, now Daniel Menzel will come in soon and he can take the Dangerfield forward role,” Dal Santo said.

“Dangerfield is in the peak of his powers. Put him back in the middle with Joel Selwood, Scott Selwood and Dangerfield and you’ve got Mitch Duncan and Ablett on the outside.

“The amount of questions that would ask of the opposition coaching box, do you want to leave Ablett spare off the back of a stoppage? No. So all of a sudden you’re needing to change something to cover that and you’re not able to do what you want to do.”

Geelong will travel to Adelaide Oval to take on the Crows on Thursday night. A loss could see them fall out of the top eight.


Alison Wood

7 months ago

He was playing on the wing this week he got 17, he usually get 30 when he’s in the middle. Danger has been needed in the forward line due to injuries up until now.