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Ablett remains top Suns target

20/09/2010 05:24:44 PM Comments (0)

Geelong star Gary Ablett remains the big prize for AFL expansion team Gold Coast after the Suns added to their uncontracted player signings.

Western Bulldogs defender Jarrod Harbrow is the latest player to confirm weeks of speculation about his future by committing to Gold Coast.

The highly-rated small defender joins Hawthorn utility Campbell Brown, Adelaide key defender Nathan Bock, Brisbane onballer Michael Rischitelli and Port Adelaide utility Nathan Krakouer as the Suns' uncontracted player recruits.

But Ablett, who won last year's Brownlow Medal and is one of the favourites for Monday night's count, is the main target for the 17th AFL team.

Harbrow, 22, confirmed his move two days after the Bulldogs' season ended on Saturday night with the preliminary final loss to St Kilda.

Geelong's season ended on Friday night at the hands of premiership favourites Collingwood, meaning even more speculation about Ablett's future.

There is a growing belief that Ablett will join Gold Coast, but no-one involved has given any public indication about which way he is leaning or when he will make his decision.

Apart from Ablett, Harbrow is the last of the uncontracted players linked to Gold Coast who have confirmed they will join the new club.

Under their recruiting concessions, Gold Coast are allowed to sign one uncontracted player from each club.

The Suns are also set to trade for Rischitelli's Brisbane team-mate Jared Brennan.

Harbrow was raised in Cairns and the Bulldogs recruited him as a rookie in 2006.

He made his senior debut early in the 2007 season and had played 70 AFL matches, including 22 this season.

Harbrow is a tough, speedy small defender who can also play forward.

The Bulldogs were disappointed, but philosophical about losing him.

"We invested a lot into the development of Jarrod and he has been a fantastic player for us," Bulldogs football manager James Fantasia said.

"We left no stone unturned in our efforts to retain him, but unfortunately the lure of returning home to Queensland proved to be too strong.

"We would like to thank Jarrod for his time at the club and wish him all the best for the future."

Apart from Harbrow's ability, the Suns are also pleased they have managed to attract a Queenslander back to his home state.

"Having grown up in Queensland's far north it is really pleasing to have a player of his quality join the Suns,," club chief executive Travis Auld said.

Suns coach Guy McKenna said he wants to eventually play Harbrow up the ground.

"His defensive work and courage underpin his performance, which then lights up with attacking run and carry and sublime skills," McKenna said.

"In future we may see him spend more time up forward or in the midfield.

"He is a very popular and respected player because of his desire to succeed, training habits and competitive edge."

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