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Ablett confident Cats can return to form

Geelong veteran Gary Ablett. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GARY Ablett says Geelong has “a bit to fix up” but believes it can recapture the form that saw it hold a two-game buffer at the top of the AFL ladder only three weeks ago.

The Cats now find themselves no certainty to finish with a home state final to open September after going through a loss-win sequence in the seven weeks since the mid-season bye that has seen Brisbane and West Coast draw level on points.

“We’re confident if we can make a few tweaks to our game plan and out structures, that we can get back to playing the level of football we were playing earlier in the year,” Ablett told K rock’s Fresh Daily.

“The last five or six weeks have been a bit disappointing, and we know that; especially the performance on the weekend.

“We weren’t good enough in many areas of the game, and Fremantle came out to play.

“We’re confident we can fix it up. There’s still three weeks to go, and we need to make sure we play some really good footy and hopefully get ready for a big finals series.”

The 35-year-old has missed just one game in 2019  – through suspension in Round 11 – but says it’s unlikely he’ll have a rest before the end of the home-and-away season.

“My body’s feeling pretty good at the moment, and I want to make sure I finished the season off strongly and that I can play my part in helping the team to get back to playing the type of football I know we can play.

“Obviously there will be a bye before the finals, which will be a bit of a rest for the guys.

“We spoke after the game with how disappointed we were with the performance on the weekend, and it’s not one of those things where you just turn up to finals football and it all clicks then.

“We’re training hard during the week, we’re working hard on the areas that we need to fix up, and that’ll start this weekend against North (Melbourne).”

The clash with the Kangaroos may be the second last appearance of Ablett at GMHBA Stadium, with 339-game veteran undecided on whether he will extend his career into a 19th season in 2020.

“We’ll sit down at the end of the season and see what that looks like for everyone moving forward,” he said.

“For me, at this stage, it’s just about this year and, hopefully, bringing home that premiership cup.

“Physically, I think I could go on again. But, I’ve been in the system (for) 18 years; it’s a long time.

“I just didn’t want to make an early decision; I wanted to see how this year plays out.”

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