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Nathan Ablett delisted by AFL Suns

Melissa Woods 05/09/2011 05:27:16 PM Comments (0)

The sun has set on Nathan Ablett's AFL career again after he was delisted by Gold Coast on Monday.

Ablett played just two matches in the Suns' inaugural season and was one of eight players delisted by the club.

Gold Coast coach Guy McKenna said he believed the game was too quick for Nathan, younger brother of Gold Coast captain and superstar Gary.

"It was his intensity and the speed of the game," McKenna said.

"In the games we saw this year, it's fair to say the games gobbled him up a bit.

"I never saw his data when he played premiership football.

"Whether he's going to get that speed back, time stands still for no-one and we have to move forward.

"With where the game's gone to, we didn't think he was going to be up to scratch and we had to make that call."

Nathan Ablett retired at the end of 2007 after kicking three goals in Geelong's grand final win over Port Adelaide.

Gold Coast offered the 25-year-old a one-year contract for their debut season, but he struggled with injury and form.

Gary said one of the attractions of moving to the Gold Coast from Geelong was to play alongside his brother again and McKenna said the star was upset when told of the club's decision.

"He would have loved Nathan to be around, but he knows how footy clubs operate," McKenna said.

The contracts of fellow senior-listed players Michael Coad, Marc Lock and Jack Stanlake were also not renewed, along with rookie-listed players Roland Ah Chee, Jake Crawford, Jack Stanley and Joel Tippett.

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