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Modda leaves door open for Gaz

Gary Ablett farewells the crowd following Geelong’s grand final loss to Richmond. (AFL Photos/Getty Images Image/Quinn Rooney)

WHEN Gary Ablett suffered a shoulder injury in the opening stages of the AFL Grand Final, Geelong fans across the world held their collective breath hoping the future Hall of Fame legend would get off the canvas and return to the contest.

While in one home in suburban Geelong, Modewarre coach Chris Hickey wondered aloud whether that was the nail in the coffin of Ablett making an appearance in the maroon and blue in 2021.

“I must admit when I saw him go down in the grand final with the shoulder injury, I hunched a little bit,” Hickey said.

“It’s nice to have a dream, and I turned to my son and said, “I’m not quite sure he’ll be at Modda next year”.


While it appears a longshot the two-time Brownlow medallist will return to where his football journey started, Hickey said the door is wide open for Ablett if he was keen to play alongside brother Nathan for the first time since 2011 when both were at the Gold Coast.

“It’s a romantic idea,” Hickey said.  It’s one the club would embrace, and the club would enjoy, and I’m sure the players would.

“Hopefully COVID restrictions will be lifted by then because if Gary Ablett Jnr played, we would pack the place out.

“If Nathan and Gary want to entertain the idea of having a game together, then that’s a no-brainer.

“But, I think Gary’s going to have a pretty long rehab with his shoulder. And he’s got his family commitments as well.

“It’s something we can all dream about.”

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