Ablett's form 'will dictate exactly where he plays'

Jason Phelan

Geelong coach Chris Scott admits he's still figuring out how to best utilise superstar veteran Gary Ablett.

The much-heralded return of the two-time Brownlow Medal winner after seven seasons with Gold Coast hasn't been as seamless as anticipated.

Two hamstring injuries - one in the pre-season and one that sidelined him from round four to round seven - have been a key factor.

The 34-year-old arrived with the stated aim of playing in the midfield, but has spent more time in attack since he returned in round eight.

It remains to be seen how effectively Ablett can combine with fellow stars Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood in the same midfield.

Scott concedes he's still working out where to deploy the 307-game superstar.

"It's a decision in progress. We had some ideas coming in and watching him in pre-season made us a little firmer on some ideas and we moved away from others, " Scott said on Fox Footy's AFL 360.

"He's had an affected pre-season with his hamstring and in-season, so we're not exactly sure where he's going to play.

"How well he plays, in part, will dictate exactly where he plays."

Gary Ablett. Pic: Getty

Ablett is coming off a poor showing in the shock loss to Essendon where he had just 17 possessions and no goals.

But Scott said Ablett wasn't the only player down on form.

"Our senior players were quite strong with me, they said 'Don't defend us, we're not going to defend that performance', " Scott said of the 34-point defeat.

"Gary was pretty up front ...he said 'I didn't play well, but it was one game. Watch me next week'.

"By his standards he was poor but when a team has a performance like that we could virtually go through the whole list."

Ablett will play his first game at Kardinia Park since his off-season move from the Suns when the Cats host Carlton on Saturday night.