Ablett keen to play AFL bushfire game

Jason Phelan
Gary Ablett could be one of the biggest names involved in the AFL's bushfire charity match

Geelong superstar Gary Ablett's preparation for his 19th AFL season could include a run in the league's bushfire charity match at Marvel Stadium.

The two-time Brownlow Medal winner turns 36 in May and is expected to be rested more often this year after playing 24 of the Cats' 25 games last season.

But teammate Patrick Dangerfield told reporters on Thursday that Ablett is keen to play in the February 28 exhibition.

"He missed out in 2008 (in the AFL's Hall of Fame Tribute match) and I think he's pretty keen," Dangerfield said.

"I think, his body permitting, he'd love to put his hand up.

"It's been pretty similar to previous pre-seasons for Gaz ... he hasn't missed too many sessions, but he certainly manages his body at different stages as all 35-year-olds need to do.

"But he's been out there for the majority of match sim.

"I don't think we'll see him in absolutely every game, there will be times when he'll need a bit of a chop out."

Dangerfield, a driving force behind the charity game to raise funds for bushfire-ravaged communities, says plenty of his teammates are eager to be involved.

However, skipper Joel Selwood will not be available as he continues his recovery from hamstring surgery in November.

"He's tracking really well but he won't participate in the game," Dangerfield said.

"All signs are pointing towards that he'll feature at some stage during the pre-season competition and be ready to go by round one."

Dangerfield spoke at the announcement of a new sponsorship agreement with Coles that will see the centre circle at all AFL grounds painted with the supermarket chain's red logo for the next five years.