MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 26: Gary Ablett of the Cats is tackled by Angus Monfries of the Bombers during the round one AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Essendon Bombers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 26, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)

Suns chairman: Gary is not going anywhere

Gold Coast chairman Tony Cochrane says there is no way Gary Ablett will leave the Suns and return to Geelong and nor was he close to a move to the Cats during the recent trade period.

Cochrane says the story linking Ablett with a possible move home was blown way out of proportion by the media.

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“My god, this is the greatest beat-up…it’s completely wrong,” Cochrane said on radio station, 1116 SEN, on Thursday.

“I tell you what, if you guys that want to get stuck in believe this is a real story, Usain Bolt called me last night. He wants to know if I can come to Tokyo and compete in the 100 metres final.”

While Cochrane admitted the club did have a conversation with Ablett regarding his future, he said Ablett will definitely see out his contract at the Suns.

“What actually took place was Gary well before trade period had a brief conversation with our Head of Football (Marcus Ashcroft) where he discussed you know look, if it helps to retain players, if you’ve got a salary cap issue or something, do you want me to consider going back to Geelong?

Suns Chairman Tony Cochrane speaks to the media during an AFL announcement at The Chinese Museum Melbourne on October 26, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)
Suns Chairman Tony Cochrane speaks to the media during an AFL announcement at The Chinese Museum Melbourne on October 26, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

“It was as simple as that, it was dismissed in the same length of time, no way in the world Gary you’re absolutely wanted here. That was the end of it.

“Gary himself played a tremendous role during our trade period, speaking to players and helping us achieve our ultimate goal which we pretty much think we have done with the trade period.

“I don’t know who’s decided to build it up and make it bigger than Ben Hur, but Gary Ablett will be playing for the next two years at the Gold Coast footy club. End of petty section, end of argument, full stop.”

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