Gary Ablett has been under pressure after announcing in pre-season he wanted a trade to Geelong.
Gary Ablett has been under pressure after announcing in pre-season he wanted a trade to Geelong. DAVE HUNT

Gary Ablett allowed to have off games: Suns coach

RODNEY Eade admits Gary Ablett's personal situation may have affected his form last weekend but says the dual Brownlow medallist's attitude around the club was excellent.

Ablett's request for a trade at the end of last season was due to a situation in his personal life.

Suns coach Eade has vowed the club would continue to support their former skipper and asked people to respect his privacy.

Ablett drew criticism for looking disinterested against the Giants and has had allegations of "checking out" levelled against him.

Eade said no one at the club believed Ablett's poor showing against GWS was a result of is dissatisfaction at the Suns given he had been their best player in the previous week's QClash.

He conceded he may have been distracted last week but said he did not know for sure and stressed he may have just endured an off night and backed him to bounce back against Hawthorn on Sunday.

"He's allowed to have an off game, there wasn't many who had a good game," he said.

"Sometimes looks can be deceiving and sometimes things outside of footy can actually distract you in your mindset going into a game or playing.

"People don't know that, they just want to comment.

"I've spoken to Gary this week and he is very keen to play well.

"He has a lot of pride, he's been a great player and he played very well in Round 1, unfortunately one bad game and he gets labelled something.''

Eade also rejected claims that Ablett was sulking at being used in attack more often saying his attitude at the club had been exceptional.

Against the Giants he was in the midfield about 60 per cent of the game and up forward the rest.

"He's happy with that, he's not pushing back at all," he said.

"People are throwing barbs a fair bit after just two games.

"Off field he is very engaged, he is a very caring individual who cares about his team mates and spends a lot of time with younger players off the track.

"He helps out Tom and Steven a lot too.

"So certainly off the field he has been terrific."

News Corp Australia


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