Gary Ablett of the AFL Gold Coast Suns speaks to media at Metricon Stadium on August 26, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Gary Ablett reportedly requested a trade back home to Geelong

Gary Ablett reportedly requested a trade back to Geelong during the recent trade period, however, the Gold Coast Suns refused to let the two-time Brownlow medalist leave.

The startling revelations come amid several recent reports suggesting the former Cats champion intends to finish his career at Geelong, after six seasons at the Suns.

Fairfax reports that Ablett requested a move back home due to family reasons, however, the Suns were unwilling to part ways with their captain and lose yet another star of the club.

The Cats were reportedly made aware of Ablett’s intentions just prior to the trade period.

Geelong was keen to see the two-time premiership player return to Kardinia Park, however, Gold Coast shut down any potential trade.

The 32-year-old is contracted for a further two seasons, after signing a three-year contract extension in 2015, worth around $3 million.

Ablett’s wife, Jordan is also reportedly keen to return Victoria.

The Suns have thus far denied reports linking Ablett with a move back home, with coach Rodney Eade telling SEN Radio just last week that he is staying put.

“I say good luck. He’ll be here, there’s no doubt about that,” Eade said last Friday.

“If Geelong are angling for it, he’s on a fair bit of money. To get him in and pay that money for one or two years is going to be a big deal.

“For us, we need him here and we want him here. He’s now seen as part of the furniture and to think of us going forward, to be successful he’s going to be a part of that.”

Ablett has played 96 games with the Suns since 2011, after 192 games in nine seasons at Geelong.