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AFL 2018 Round 02 - Geelong v Hawthorn

Ablett retirement questions ‘legitimate’

Garry Lyon has stated the questions surrounding a potential retirement for Geelong great Gary Ablett are ‘legitimate’, in light of Nick Riewoldt’s comments about Mick Malthouse’s article earlier this week.

In last Sunday’s Herald Sun, Malthouse discussed players that may potentially retire, an article that included names such as Gary Ablett, Lance Franklin and Josh Kennedy.

Riewoldt took aim at Malthouse, slamming the former coach for his comments, labelling them ‘a joke’ and stating on Fox Footy he ‘loses all credibility’ when names such as Ablett and Franklin are raised in such discussion.

Lyon, however, disagreed with Riewoldt’s reaction to the article, stating that he has no issue with Malthouse’s comments.

“I don’t have a problem with it,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.

“It shouldn’t be a race to be first, but if you’re legitimately of the opinion that Gary Ablett for instance needs to be put in the conversation, then Mick’s entitled to do that.

“That’s a legitimate question.

“When Gary was signed, it was the triumvirate of the great three (along with Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield) and how far Geelong the premiership.

“And the reality is different so therefore it’s right to question it.

“I think some of it’s been over the top but it’s a very legitimate question to ask.”

Listen to this morning’s edition of SEN Breakfast with Garry Lyon and Tim Watson in the player below