Gold Coast insist there is no chance Gary Ablett will leave the AFL club to return to Geelong.
Talk of a possible trade to the Cats has escalated but Suns chief executive Andrew Travis says it’s not happening.
“From our point of view, we don’t see any risk (of him leaving). It’s not something that’s even entered our mind,” Travis told AFL.com.au.
“There was obviously some external discussion that took place and the story got legs because it did have a bit of romance about it.
“We’ve got Gary contracted for two years and we see him very much fulfilling his contract with the Gold Coast Suns.”
Travis also knocked on the head the theory that trading Ablett, 32, would give the Suns the space in the salary cap they need to re-sign midfield stars Dion Prestia and Jaeger O’Meara.
“We’ve planned our payment projections for a few years going forward and that’s a complete non-issue from our perspective,” he said.
Ablett played 192 games for Geelong before joining Gold Coast as a foundation player in 2011.
He will surgery on his troublesome left shoulder in Melbourne on Wednesday and is expected to make a full recovery in time for pre-season training.