After moving on veteran premiership stars in Jimmy Bartel, Paul Chapman, Joel Corey, Matthew Stokes, Steve Johnson and James Kelly in recent years, Mooney believes it would be contradictory for the Cats to then recruit a player who would turn 34 early on in the season for what would most likely only be one year.
“If you can get him on the cheap then ok, but from a footy department view they’ve pushed out all the old blokes so they’d be contradicting themselves,” Mooney said on SEN radio.
“You can’t throw those guys out then sign a 33-year-old.”
Mooney also questioned what Ablett could actually provide for the Cats, other than sentimental value upon his return, given his age and history with injuries over the past three years.
“Biggest question is how does he finish this year off?” Mooney added.
“I’ve got full faith but what I saw on the weekend was a shadow of the star I played with.
“He looked like a broken man.”
Ablett collected just 16 disposals on the weekend in the side’s 102-point loss to Greater Western Sydney, after starting the game with just one touch in the first quarter.
Reports emerged on Tuesday night that Geelong is also keen on having the little master back at the Cattery in 2018.