Did abletts refusal to play for GC for 2 yrs take away from his legacy?

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juss

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He sacrificed being the greatest player of all time, and probably another 1-2 flags for the dollars.

Itd be damn hard to knock back 2 mil a year though.
 

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I dont see how a round 2 game against a bottom 10 side is any more meaningful then basically every game he played for the Suns?
 

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Already achieved everything a player could dream of and set himself up for life. Gets to come home on his own terms and just play some footy while the sun sets on his career.

Pretty sure he'd have absolutely zero complaints. Very few people have the opportunity to have full control of their destiny. This man is a lucky mofo.
 

Cdog71

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Coming back to geelong was an error on behalf of his future wellbeing. Instead of setting his family up for generations he'll be left out in the financial wilderness forgoing a few million that we will never have the opportunity to make again.
If you can't make it on 6mill, probably wouldn't matter
 

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Coming back to geelong was an error on behalf of his future wellbeing. Instead of setting his family up for generations he'll be left out in the financial wilderness forgoing a few million that we will never have the opportunity to make again.
He'll get a cushy do nothing job at Cotton On like the rest of them.
 

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See that game there? That tells you everything you need to know about Ablett’s terribly judged move to the Gold Coast.

Big game, huge crowd, huge pressure, in the balance and he’s right in the thick of it, almost willing his team over the line.

Precisely what he should have been doing for the past seven years.

Instead he spent it - a good part of his career, and his prime - up in Queensland either not playing, or playing in such meaningless games they might as well have been practice matches.

What a crying shame for him and footy watchers... it’s put an enormous hole on his legacy as one of the all-time greats.
cant blame him

Geelong is a $hithole
 

PP34

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Agreed. Feel like we were yet to see the best of Gaz on the big stage when he left.

AFL is to blame.
 

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2 flags at the Cats and got out when things were going downhill with Bomber anyway.

Not convinced that 11, 12 and 13 weren't great for his career even if he didn't play in big games. Were the Cats close enough with him in 12 and 13? Ablett went to a new level being a one man team and was phenomenal.

His injury in 2014 was a footballing tragedy for he and the Suns. Just such a missed opportunity for that club. But maybe he gets injured at the Cats playing in so many big games.

15, 16, and 17 were wasted years. But that's on Gary signing a contract extension after 2015.

I'd say 3 good years. 2 injury interrupted years in 14 and 15. 2 wasted years the last two.
 

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Show me a man who turns down the money Gaz was offered and I'll show you a liar. It's obviously impacted his visibility in the AFL community as I'm sure not as many fans saw his games at Gold Coast as would have if he stayed at Geelong but he's still going to go down as the best midfielder and possible best player, full-stop, to play the game. If, despite 7 years in the wilderness, you're millions richer and your name is debated alongside the likes of Ablett Snr, Matthews and Carey for "GOAT" nods you haven't done too poorly out of this footy lark.
 

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The AFL needed a name up there, lets not pretend there wasn't a helping hand there either... It was a shitload of money, probably the likes of no other player will ever see.

And he was happy to sacrifice his legacy for it.

*takes off tinfoil hat*
 

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Coming back to geelong was an error on behalf of his future wellbeing. Instead of setting his family up for generations he'll be left out in the financial wilderness forgoing a few million that we will never have the opportunity to make again.
This is the dumbest thing I've read in some time. Please tell me you're joking? As far as I'm aware he doesn't have a gambling or drug addiction, and is still a professional footballer earning plenty. After years of being one of the highest earners in the game. If anything coming back to Geelong is brilliant for his future wellbeing, as he is near family again and clearly happy. You sir need a time-out from the internet.

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The standard a lot of you guys hold AFL players to is utterly absurd. The fact of the matter is that AFL is a ~10 year career for which you forfeit any form of tertiary education and establishment of a long-term career during the prime years of your working life. Then, after your 10 or so years are up you're back out on the streets, usually with a wrecked body. A select few may be offered coaching jobs and some others might be able to get admin jobs in the AFL industry but the ceiling on these jobs is tiny, and your job security in the coaching industry is equally tenuous. Point is, that AFL players of all people should be the ones trying to get as much money as possible during the short time they spend at the top. Ablett isn't a bad person for putting himself and his family/interests at number one, particularly not when it comes to a so-called moral consideration he should have for the corporate giant that is the AFL/GCS. A lot of you, I'm sure, have left your place of work for a better paying position, or have threatened to without receiving a promotion/benefit of some sort. To suggest that AFL players aren't allowed to, or shouldn't, get all the money they can from their employer whilst they are physically still able is a hypocritical and absurd proposition - especially given that many of us couldn't give a toss about our jobs/employers at all.
depends on how you see it. I mean, your AFL career could last 4-6 years and you be on $150-250,000 a year for those 6 years. Worse case scenario is if you spend half of it or pay off a $500,000 mortage of a house, If some are smart enough to do that.

then you have $200-300,000 left. Go to uni or TAFE or become a security guard or truck driver. If you have money left after your afl career is over, then study
 

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