Duncan: Great to have Ablett back

08 February 2018 04:22:07 EST

Gary Ablett has been showing in training that he remains a quality player for Geelong, as he begins his second stint at the club.

Ablett shone during Thursday's lengthy training session at Deakin University that was used to get the squad prepared for the upcoming AFLX competition.

The 33-year-old, who has returned from Gold Coast a year after his first request to move back to the Cats was rejected, showed no signs of the shoulder injury or soft tissue injuries that plagued his last four seasons with the Suns.

Team-mate Mitch Duncan said he had already seen the impact the dual Brownlow medallist could have at the club this year.

"He hasn't taken a backward step that's for sure," said Duncan. "He has just taken off where he left off when he was at the Cats and his seven years up at Gold Coast were some of his best years as well.

"He's brought it down here and he's been a joy to have down on the track."

Meanwhile, St Kilda midfielder Jack Newnes hopes to be fully recovered from knee surgery in time for the club's first JLT Community Series game.

The 24-year-old isn't likely to feature in next week's AFLX competition, after having an arthroscope in his knee just before Christmas.

A Saints spokesman said the procedure had just been a clean-out and that Newnes is back in full training already.

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