Gold Coast football manager Marcus Ashcroft has denied any suggestion the Suns may trade AFL captain Gary Ablett.
The dual Brownlow medallist’s season is over after injuring his reconstructed left shoulder during last weekend’s win over Brisbane at Metricon Stadium.
The Suns confirmed on Monday Ablett will undergo surgery and won’t play again in 2016.
It’s the third year in a row the 32-year-old has failed to see out the season due to injury.
With two years remaining on a lucrative contract, speculation has increased that the Suns would be better off looking to cut a deal to free up some of their salary cap by moving Ablett elsewhere.
It’s thought removing some or all of Ablett’s wages from the payroll could help the club make offers to off-contract pair Jaeger O’Meara and Dion Prestia to keep them at the Suns.
But Ashcroft says that situation is not being contemplated.
“That’s not even a consideration,” he told SEN Radio.
“Gaz is part of our footy club for the next two years and will remain to be so.”
Ashcroft did however concede stepping back Ablett’s responsibilities at the club could be an option to help him regain and retain his fitness.
“Potentially,” he said when asked if the club could appoint a new captain.
“But we’ve still got seven rounds to go and Gary will be in and around the club providing the leadership.”
Ashcroft has also defended the club’s decision to re-sign a then 31-year-old Ablett on a three-year deal last season.
“You can only go by how they’re playing,” he said.
“We felt the next three years he could more than fulfil that role.
“We don’t think in his regard that three years is too long at all.”