THE GAME’S No.1 player Gary Ablett has reportedly been offered a two-year, $2 million-plus contract extension.
Ablett is contracted for 2015 so if he is to agree to the new terms he will be leader of Gold Coast until the end of 2017.
Ablett’s wage next season will take a hit due to the terms of his original, front-loaded contract with the Suns, but the new deal ensures he returns to the AFL’s highest-earners list, next to Lance Franklin and Bulldog recruit Tom Boyd, according to Fairfax media.
The dual Brownlow medallist has led the Suns in their first four seasons and won their first three club best and fairest awards and was also the team's leading goalkicker in 2012 and 2013.
The 30-year-old was having another brilliant season in 2014 before he dislocated his shoulder in round 16 when Collingwood's Brent Macaffer tackled him, forcing him out for the rest of the season after he elected to have surgery.
At the time the Suns were in the eight but they then lost six of their last seven games to finish 12th.
Coach Guy McKenna was subsequently sacked and replaced by Rodney Eade.
Despite missing seven games, Ablett was still named All Australian and polled 22 Brownlow votes to finish third behind Matt Priddis and the ineligible Nathan Fyfe.
Ablett has been making a slow but steady recovery from his shoulder surgery and is back doing 95 per cent of the running volume.