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New Gold Coast AFL club targets Ablett

By Adam Cooper 27/06/2010 05:32:36 PM Comments (0)

Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna says he's "fairly confident" Gary Ablett will play with the AFL's newest club in 2011.

Ablett remains the Gold Coast's No.1 recruiting target, and the Geelong superstar and reigning Brownlow medallist has deferred a decision on his future until the end of the season.

But McKenna gave one of the strongest signs yet of Gold Coast's confidence of getting their man.

"I'm an optimistic person ... fairly confident," he told the Seven Network on Sunday.

Gold Coast have reportedly offered $2 million to Ablett, 26, to sign, and McKenna said his club was content to afford the star onballer time to make up his mind.

"Everything's crossed and Gary's made it public when he's going to make his decision," he said.

"We're blissfully aware of that.

"We've said what we wanted to say to Gary. We've just got to allow him to go and play his best football for Geelong Football Club right now and when he's ready to make his decision he'll make his mind up.

"From our club's point of view hopefully it's a positive result."

Geelong have also said throughout this year they are confident of re-signing their star.

Gold Coast are yet to announce any major signings for next year other than former NRL star Karmichael Hunt, who has begun playing for the side in the VFL this year.

But Gold Coast chief executive John Witheriff said last month the club had made several quality signings and was frustrated by a gag imposed on the club by the AFL preventing any announcements of player signings until after the season.

Ablett is the last of the top-echelon players linked with the new club who is yet to re-sign.

Fremantle skipper Matthew Pavlich is also out of contract at the end of the season, but has said the Gold Coast have not contacted him.

Ablett's teammate Joel Selwood has re-committed with the Cats, while Hawthorn forward Lance Franklin and Western Bulldogs midfielder Adam Cooney also re-signed with their clubs, along with a handful of the game's promising younger players.

Ablett's brother Nathan, who played in Geelong's 2007 premiership win, is also playing with the Gold Coast.

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