Ablett lands first goal with Suns

THE cat is out of the bag.

Former Geelong star Gary Ablett was yesterday unveiled as the captain of the Gold Coast Suns for their inaugural season.

Ablett is one of eight “leaders of the club”, a phrase the club has opted to use instead of the traditional leadership group title.

Ablett’s vice-captain will be former Adelaide defender Nathan Bock with Campbell Brown the deputy vice captain.

Rounding out the group is skipper for the last two seasons, Marc Lock, former North Melbourne midfielder Daniel Harris, Tasmanian young gun Maverick Weller and Queenslander Zac Smith.

The leaders of the club were voted for during an intense pre-season camp in Mooloolaba in December, and Ablett was delighted that he was able to earn the respect of his peers in such a short amount of time.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be voted as the first captain of the Gold Coast Football Club,” he said. “It’s something that I am very excited about, getting into the challenges ahead.”

Ablett has made no secret of his burning desire to captain a club at some stage in his career, and now that he has achieved his goal, he believes it will not alter his playing style.

“I don’t think it will, not at all.

“Hopefully I will lead by example, and be a good role model for these young kids.”

Ablett was quick to dispel the myth that the captaincy was offered to him when he agreed to join the club.

“When I made the decision to come up here I sat down and spoke to the club and they said they would put it (the captaincy) to a vote,” he said.

“I was happy with that.”

Ablett has a reputation for being media shy, and he acknowledged that as captain of the club, he would be required to front the media more often.

“It (fronting the media) is part of a leader’s role, to represent the players,” he said.

“I guess talking to the media is one of those roles and I am looking forward to the challenge.”

In a career that includes a Brownlow Medal, two premierships, numerous All Australian jumpers and Best and Fairest awards, Ablett was only concerned with adding one more item to his CV.

“I want to win premierships up here,” he said.

“That’s why we play the game.”

Ablett will lead the troops onto Blacktown Olympic Park on February 19 when the Suns do battle for the first time in the NAB Cup against Sydney.

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