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   Jul 05

Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett hopes week is turning point for Suns

Gary Ablett was disappointed in the drug issues alleged at the club this week. Photo: Chris HydeIt was a win they needed for so many reasons but for one reason closer to home, Gold Coast Suns captain Gary Ablett hopes this week was a turning point for the club.
Nanjing Night Net

While his return in the 55-point victory over North Melbourne was an on-field boost, Ablett said the pictures of talented forward Harley Bennell’s alleged drug use as well as allegations against a number of teammates had been difficult to process.

“I know how destructive drugs can be,” he said.

“It might be a bit of a wake-up call which is probably what we needed.

“It disappoints me because I’ve got people who are close to me in my life that I’ve seen how destructive it can be.

“I care about these guys, the boys as people and as a leader it’s not just helping them grow as footballers it’s helping them grow as people as well and that’s what hurt me.

“I know that everyone makes mistakes and we’ve just got to make sure we get around them and continue to educate them in the right way.”

Moving forward, Ablett said the drug issues that have been exposed in the past week would need to be addressed quickly.

“I don’t think you’re always going to know everything that goes on and I was asked a question before I saw the Harley picture came out and I said, “I don’t think we have a culture problem and I don’t think we do.

“Obviously, that stuff’s come out and we need to hit it on the head, we need to make sure we get around Harley, we continue to educate the boys and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

The dual Brownlow medallist said he had improved his own leadership in what had been a difficult season as well.

“I wouldn’t say that I wasn’t vocal but obviously as a leader with a young group I obviously needed to drive the standards more so that’s something I’ve really been working on,” he said.

“You’re always improving and always learning in life and I’ll continue to do that until the day I retire.”

Ablett’s return from injury sparked a emphatic win from the Suns. With 31 disposals, three goals and 11 clearances tghe captain breathed confidence into the side for the first time all season, 364 days after he originally dislocated his shoulder.

“I copped a couple of heavy knocks on it and I wasn’t sure how it was going to handle that,” he said.

“It stirred it up a little bit but it felt good.”

“I’m glad I put the time into it to get it right and hopefully I can play out the rest of the season now.

Suns coach Rodney Eade said Ablett’s precision was the major difference with his return.

“The thing with Gary that shouldn’t be underestimated, apart from his ability to win the ball, he actually kicks it to someone when he gets it, or kicks a goal,” he said.

“A lot of times we work really hard but we make basic errors. Gary doesn’t make those, and the good players don’t.

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