It has been a slow and stagnant start to the season for Ablett, who was delisted by Gold Coast at the end of last season, and will now push for senior selection for Werribee this week.
Ablett is hoping to rejuvenate a lost AFL career after being a part of Geelong’s 2007 premiership team. He was selected with selection No.1 in the 2010 AFL rookie draft by the Suns ahead of North Melbourne’s mature age utility Cameron Pederson, who has since blossomed at the Kangaroos.
The Suns had been deciding between taking Ablett and Pederson with that No.1 spot in the lead up to the pre-season draft. Pederson was then taken by the Kangaroos, just a pick after his former Box Hill team-mate Ed Curnow, now at Carlton.
Pederson, who plays for North’s VFL affiliate Werribee, is now likely to play alongside Ablett.
Ablett’s opportunity at AFL redemption this season will be somewhat enhanced by Werribee playing in the Foxtel Cup. If his body can handle the rigours of VFL, he will remain in the mix for the Tigers’ second round match after they defeated Burnie in round one.
Werribee coach Scott West has taken a cautious approach with Ablett given Werribee’s long season and Foxtel Cup commitments. It is expected Werribee will also make it through to the final two weeks of the season once again.
Ablett’s ride to the Werribee senior team will not be an easy one however with the Tigers having multiple key position players – including Pederson - this season that will perhaps challenge the younger brother of Gary’s motivation to play the game.
If he gets through Sunday’s match in the development league – a new title for the VFL reserves – Ablett may make his senior debut for Werribee against Coburg the following week.
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