Player honours: Brownlow Medal 2009, 2013; 2nd Brownlow Medal 2010; 3rd Brownlow Medal 2008 (equal); Geelong Best and Fairest 2007, 2009 (equal); Gold Coast Best and Fairest 2011, 2012, 2013; Geelong 2nd Best and Fairest 2008, 2010; Geelong 3rd Best and Fairest 2005, 2006; All-Australian 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 (captain), 2012, 2013; AFLPA MVP 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013; AFLCA Player of the Year 2007, 2008, 2009; Geelong leading goalkicker 2006; Gold Coast leading goalkicker 2012, 2013; Geelong premiership sides 2007, 2009; Geelong pre-season premiership sides 2006, 2009; captain since 2011.
Brownlow Medal: 2014 votes 22; career votes 209.
Previous AFL club: Geelong (2002-10: 192 games, 262 goals).
Draft history: 2001 National AFL Draft 3rd round father-son selection (Geelong) No. 40 overall; 2010 uncontracted player selection (Gold Coast).
Gary Ablett returns as skipper in 2016 for his sixth consecutive season with the Gold Coast SUNS and will be looking to re-establish his place as one of AFL’s all-time greats.
The champion midfielder played the opening two games of the 2015 season after a long rehabilitation process following a shoulder reconstruction. Complications with the injury forced him to miss the next 12 weeks as he worked to strengthen his shoulder joint before returning to the field.
Ablett returned against North Melbourne in round 14, immediately regaining touch by collecting 30 possessions and kicking three goals in a stunning performance that reminded the football landscape of his brilliance.
The dual Brownlow Medallist collected 30 possessions in each of his next two appearances against the Western Bulldogs and Greater Western Sydney, the latter game also saw him gain a career-high 17 tackles. But from there disaster struck against Adelaide in round 17, with Ablett suffering a season-ending knee injury in the opening quarter.