PLENTY of hilarious stories have been told about retiring star Steve Johnson, but the former Cat’s story about Nathan Ablett might just take the cake.
During the pair’s tenure together at Geelong, Johnson says Ablett once went missing at halftime of a game down at then-Skilled Stadium.
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“Nathan was starting the third quarter on the bench, but when someone called his name to go onto the ground, we couldn’t find him,” Johnson said on Seven’s AFL Game Day this morning.
“Everyone’s looking around: ‘Where’s Nath’.
“Someone ran back inside, Nathan was inside, on the couch, in the players room, watching the game on TV… eating grapes.
Johnson says his eccentric ex-teammate has “the best stories”.
“We could go on for an hour and a half,” he said.
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Ablett had another disappearing act earlier this year, during the Cats’ 2007 premiership reunion, as reported by the Herald Sun’s The Score.
The youngest of the Ablett clan provided a typical “Nathan moment” for his former teammates.
A relaxed and happy Ablett took part in the pre-game motorcade, sitting next to Paul Chapman who then interviewed him for K-Rock radio — something that never would have happened a decade ago.
Ablett then headed upstairs to the function where he was mingling with the rest of the 2007 heroes before receiving a call on his phone — an original old-school flip top.
He then disappeared for an hour or so before returning to catch the second half of the Cats’ game against Port Adelaide.
So, where did he go?
To play basketball, of…