Ablett trade discussions on hold out of 'respect'

Homeward bound? Gary Ablett
Homeward bound? Gary Ablett DAVE HUNT

SUNS list manager Scott Clayton says Gold Coast are still hopeful Gary Ablett can get his requested trade to Geelong but won't be voicing discussions publicly out of respect to the family.

Clayton said both clubs are continuing to discuss potential deals for the Suns midfielder in the background as he mourns the death of sister Natasha.

"We have decided to not get involved in any conversation - in due respect to gary's family - for a couple of days," Clayton said on AFL Trade Radio.

"We are talking and we will continue to do so and we hope for a good result for everyone but it is a very sad time for him.

"As a footy club we have decided to respect the next few days. We are all acting in good faith."

Geelong list manager Stephen Wells said the Cats wouldn't use Natasha's death last week to speed up talks with Gold Coast.

"I don't think our conversation with the Gold Coast is going to change too much," Wells told SEN radio.

"Certainly, we won't be using the current circumstances to enhance the conversation.

"(Suns counterpart) Scott Clayton has been very understanding of Gary's situations right through. "Had good conversations right through. I expect that would continue over the next couple of days.

"Whether that means a deal will be done or not, or I think you're asking is it more likely a deal will be done or not, I'm not sure."

Topics:  afl gary ablett geelong gold coast suns

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