Cats to manage Ablett's playing time

Geelong will manage Gary Ablett's (c) playing time in the AFL this season, says the star's manager

Geelong's Gary Ablett will only play around 18 games in 2020, according to the player's manager Liam Pickering.

Midfielder Ablett, who will turn 36 midway through the season, is entering his 19th and final season in the AFL.

The Cats star played in 24 of the club's 25 games in 2019, missing one to serve the first suspension of his career.

However, he appeared to fade in the latter stages of the season, producing just one goal across three matches in the finals after scoring 33 goals in the regular season.

Pickering expects Ablett to only play around 16 to 18 games in 2020, but expects the 35-year-old to increase his scoring this year nonetheless.

"The Little Master" is in line to make his 350th AFL appearance against St Kilda in round five.

On Monday, Ablett stressed the importance of peaking at the right time.

"I know there's been a lot of talk about whether or not I should have been rested more throughout last year," the 35-year-old told Channel 7.

"I always talk about peaking at the right time. I want to make sure, first of all, that we win enough games to make finals footy, and if that is the case, then that I'm feeling good come finals time."