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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Steven May’s cheeky dig at ex-teammate Gary Ablett ahead of Gold Coast’s clash with Geelong

Co-captain Steven May has fired the first cheeky shot as the Gold Coast prepare to host former leader Gary Ablett and Geelong on Saturday.
The pair's reunion at Metricon Stadium will be the first home game for the travel-weary Suns this season after nine straight road trips.
And it will also mark Ablett's first encounter with the club he captained in its inaugural 2011 campaign and played 110 games for before returning to the Cats this year.
May has morphed into a versatile defender this season, meaning he is likely to match up on the two-time Brownlow Medal-winner if he sneaks forward on Saturday night.
But in a cheeky dig at his former skipper, May said Ablett wasn't his chief concern.
"I was talking about that yesterday, saying I'd love to play on Gaz for a bit but (Patrick) Dangerfield is probably a bit more dangerous at the moment," May said.
"He (Ablett) won't like that ... but Gaz used to always joke at training he would love to have me in the goal square one-on-one and it could happen this week."
The potential duel is only possible thanks to the increased faith shown in Suns key defender Rory Thompson, who has quietly but effectively dealt with opposition marksmen all season.
"The funny thing with defenders is that if they don't speak about you you're probably doing a good job," May said.
"We've been waiting for Rory to play like this for a while but he's been on and off the track with injury.
"We come in against a big key forward, we have no doubt Rory will put him away or at least have a big influence on his game."
May said the confidence shown in him had helped his own game and was a sign of the club's general improvement.
It has led to some unfamiliar scenarios, May admitting he "had no idea what to do" when dragged into a stoppage by Port Adelaide gun Robbie Gray a fortnight ago.
"Footy sort of gets repetitive after a while, then all of a sudden you go into a stoppage and it's new," he said.
"I enjoy it in there; I got done a couple of times but learnt from it and a bit of video work this week means I am more equipped."