Wantaway Gold Coast superstar Gary Ablett has penned an open letter explaining the reasons behind his request to move back to Geelong, saying that he can’t keep up a “long distance” relationship with his family.
The piece, titled “A letter to… the game” appeared on Ablett’s own website Exclusive Insight.
In the letter, Ablett said that his priorities have shifted after 16 years in the game, and that he needs to spend more time with his family.
“I need to be around my family back home, who I have spent the last 7 years doing long distance with,” Ablett wrote.
“My sisters, my brother, and parents all play a huge role in my life, and it’s time that I make myself more available to them and others back home.”
Ablett also said that he “doesn’t regret” the decision to sign with Gold Coast.
“People will wonder whether I regret my decision signing with the Gold Coast Suns. I can promise you, that is simply not true,” he wrote.
“Although I am requesting for my time to come to an end on the Gold Coast, there is absolutely nothing that I would have done differently.
“The Gold Coast Football Club has played an essential role in the man and football player that I am today… However, I’ve learnt that unfortunately in life you can’t make everybody happy.”
Ablett also feels he has plenty to offer Geelong.
“At the age of 33, I am confident that I have a lot of footy still left in my body.” he said.
“But I am also aware that, at my age, it’s really all about balance.”
He also saved special thanks for his wife, Jordan.
“Your support has meant the world to me and quite frankly, I wouldn’t know what to do without it. You’ve made this process so much easier by trusting me to make the right decision,” Ablett wrote.
“I love knowing that whether I am on the Gold Coast, down in Geelong, or enjoying retirement, there you are, always by my side."