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Cats contemplate compensation for Ablett

By Adam Cooper 21/04/2010 07:27:51 PM Comments (0)

Geelong are set to ramp up their push for greater compensation from the AFL should they lose superstar Gary Ablett to the new Gold Coast franchise.

Ablett is out of contract this year and is the major recruiting target for the Gold Coast, who have been granted access to one out-of-contract player at each of the 16 established clubs under recruiting concessions.

If the Brownlow medallist decides to join his brother Nathan on the Gold Coast, the earliest draft pick the Cats would get as compensation would be at the start of the second round, which would be No.26 at this year's national draft.

But Geelong chief executive Brian Cook will on Thursday propose to the AFL that that compensation would be inadequate given Ablett's ability and achievements.

The Cats will propose a plan where "exceptional" players, such as Ablett, be classified separately by the AFL so clubs are granted greater compensation should they lose stars to the Gold Coast or Greater Western Sydney.

The Gold Coast will enter the competition next year and the second Sydney team will join the league in 2012.

"We believe there needs to be exceptional compensation for exceptional players, the stars of the game," Cook told SEN radio on Wednesday.

"If we were lucky enough to win another premiership this year we'd be pick 26 this year.

"It could be that you would be pick 27 (if Gold Coast were granted the first second-round pick).

"You'd get compensation for one of your better players, your stars, as the No.27 pick and we don't think that is fair and reasonable for one of the top 10 players in the AFL."

The Cats are still hopeful of retaining Ablett and fellow midfielder Joel Selwood, who is also out of contract this year.

But Cook said if the Cats lost one of the pair they should be entitled to the sort of rewards Carlton gave up for Chris Judd in 2007 (picks three and 20 and a player), Hawthorn gave up for Shaun Burgoyne (picks nine and 16) and the Cats themselves provided for Brad Ottens (picks 12 and 16) in 2004.

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