Firstly, I’d like to thank both the Gold Coast Suns and the Geelong Football Club for your support this week after the passing of my much-loved sister Tash.

I’d also like to thank the fans, supporters and wider community for your thoughts, prayers and heartfelt words. The support has been overwhelming.

It saddens me deeply to have to say goodbye to my beautiful sister who will always be apart of our family. We will miss her everyday! Her gentle spirit, her generosity, her humility and her big smile will never be forgotten.

This week has been an emotional roller coaster, however, hearing that I will be returning home has brought both myself and my family some joy during what has been a difficult and painful time.

I’m excited to return to where it all began and to get around the club and my new teammates in due time.

GEELONG, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 30: Gary Ablett of the Suns (R) shakes hands with Patrick Dangerfield of the Cats following the round six AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Gold Coast Suns at Simonds Stadium on April 30, 2016 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

I can still remember being super nervous as I made my way down to Simonds Stadium for the first time since becoming a Suns player. I had prepared myself for some serious booing and a really hard time.

However, when I stepped out onto the field, the Geelong crowd cheered me on and showed me nothing but support. I’m really looking forward to getting back and playing for them again!

For now, my family and I would like to thank everyone for your on-going respect of our privacy as we prepare to say a final goodbye to Tash.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 05: Gary Ablett and Brad Ottens of the Cats celebrate victory as Chance Bateman of the Hawks looks dejected as the siren sounds during the round two AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 5, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 05: Gary Ablett and Brad Ottens of the Cats celebrate victory as Chance Bateman of the Hawks looks dejected as the siren sounds during the round two AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Geelong Cats at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 5, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Gary Ablett

Gary Ablett Jr. (born 14 May 1984) is an Australian rules footballer who currently plays for the Geelong Football Club in the AFL.

Gary is a dual premiership player, two-time Brownlow Medallist, five-time AFL Players Association's Most Valuable Player, three time AFL Coaches Association 'Champion Player of the Year' award, and an eight-time All-Australian.