Gary Ablett has been talked about a lot in the footy media this week.
Ablett showed frustration in the post game after the Suns’ 102 loss to GWS. It affects his club much, but I understand how he felt.
Here I am analysing what causes his frustrations even if some causes are what I disagree with how he feels.
Talents and Positions
Ablett has inheritance talents from his Dad, Gary Ablett Snr. He is a great midfielder who handles the ball well. His coach Rodney Eade plays Ablett in the half forward which frustrates him. If his talents and skills cannot be used fully in the position, I totally understand his frustration.
I have same issues as at my recent work at a ryokan in Kyoto, I had to do tasks not related to my English skills or abilities to communicate with western guests. Instead I had to do more administrations and cleaning and felt underachievement and not appreciated of my talents or skills or strengths. And such perceptions are seen at many job interviews in Japan too. I believe my talents and skills blossom well in the western world.
In Japan, baseball players’ strengths and talents are often killed by their managers by the sake of the priority to win. But these game plans are boring and reasons why I dislike Japanese baseball now.
Ablett playing the half forward can be similar to these baseball players’ orders.
On the other hand, there are players who can play multiple positions. Nick Riewoldt is a forward taking many great marks and kicking goals. Classic chest marks reflect his talents and skills. However he is playing at centre wing for the club allowing them to develop young talented forwards such as McCartin, Membrey and Bruce.
There is no just one answer for all footballers. Some players are skilled and talented in one particular position while others can be flexible with two or more positions.
Position(s) should be given reasonably reflected on players’ talents and skills.
Relying much on one player
Ablett has carried on everything since Suns’ born to their infant years. Gold Coast were more likely to form winning culture with his skills rather than giving out a few years to develop talented young players and to blossom.
It seemed an instant solution, but turned the opposite. Once they got nearly top eight, but missed because of Ablett’s shoulder injury. Then his injury showed that they couldn’t win without him.
Relying on one person puts a lot of pressure and is very stressful. I understand how he feels from my recent experiences at work. I was feeling restless at the time.
Ablett would know how much Gold Coast expected him before leaving Geelong. But it would unpredictable for many talented young players being traded to other clubs. Then he has been overloaded and got stressed and frustrated.
The same as reliance on him, Ablett would not think he would get homesick when being traded to Gold Coast. Or has he got contagious from young players who have got homesick to Melbourne?
Reject on his request being traded back to Geelong makes him frustrated. I understand how he feels, as many tough circumstances had hit in Japan before I got a job on Wednesday evening, after I had had to leave the UK unexpectedly.
He would feel “I’m supposed to play for Geelong now” while I am supposed to be in York. Now our process to be together again goes ahead as I got a job, will Ablett secure a good deal at the end of the season?
Loyalty or Money
Ablett has crossed to Gold Coast for money. His move was the same as what Brendon Goddard has done from St Kilda to Essendon.
Some footy diehards have commented on Facebook saying Ablett had such feelings because he chased money. He could have had been loyal to Geelong where his father also played for and loved Geelong as the city.
On the other hand, Nick Riewoldt has strong loyalty to St Kilda. He just believes his Saints would win the flag and never considers switching to another club. Bob Murphy is the loyal Bulldog, the same as Saint Nick. Then they never feel frustrated like Ablett does.
And I admire Lenny Hayes, Stephen Milne and Justin Koschitzke for being loyal Saints as well as is Leigh Montagna.
It’s the same as loyalty or money. Goddard chased another opportunity to win the premiership and Ablett has got a mission to bring the baby club a flag.
When their chases failed, they got frustrated as have no loyalty to any club. Although Essendon bounce back well in the 2017 season.
Hayes, Milne and Koschitzke were unable to win the flag while they were playing, but I guess were fulfilled and proud of Saints as well as gained strong bonds and friendships.
Riewoldt and Montagna are so motivated and play hard trying to see them winning the flag.
“If you are unhappy at work, seek another job,” my tutor at a tertiary institute in Auckland told us while undertaking a hotel reception operations and services course in 2005.
She is right. If Ablett is unhappy at Gold Coast, ask them to trade him to somewhere else.
But I have to admit it will be hard to offer him a deal because he is nearly 33 and has no loyalty, even if he is a great player in midfield.
I don’t think Geelong will get him back because their favourite son Jimmy Bartel retired last season and have got Patrick Dangerfield.
Sorry Gaz, your time seems over at AFL. Seek VFL or local footy club. All the best, mate.