Having earlier in the day said he hoped to be back within "three to four weeks", Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett now concedes his season is over.
Gold Coast star Gary Ablett may have played his last game this season following a meniscus or cartilage tear in his left knee on Saturday.
As the premiership table would suggest, Adelaide accounted for the Gold Coast at Adelaide Oval, but it was far from the norm.
Three days after he woke up and saw himself on the front page of the paper, Harley Bennell thought he had played his last game for Gold Coast.
After a season Suns fans would like to forget, the draft is becoming more akin to the American sporting model and perhaps the club should use that as a guide.
Troubled Gold Coast midfielder Harley Bennell has shown no ill-effects of his enforced absence from the field, accumulating 37 disposals in the Suns' NEAFL loss Greater Western Sydney on Saturday.
Stephen Coniglio limited the impact of Saints on-baller David Armitage last round. But repeating the dose against Gary Ablett when the GWS Giants play Gold Coast Suns on Saturday won't be easy.
Gold Coast have refused to enter into a "slanging match" after Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge questions the Suns' integrity in the wake of their mid-week poaching of Dogs' fitness boss Justin Cordy.
Gold Coast Suns forward Harley Bennell will return to football via the NEAFL this weekend but will need to earn the trust of teammates to get back to senior football a week later.
Brisbane is interested in Hawthorn free agent Matthew Suckling while Fremantle and Adelaide have joined the Lions in pursuing out of contract Gold Coast full forward Charlie Dixon.
The Gold Coast Suns are likely to recall stood-down star Harley Bennell in the club's reserves this weekend.
David Swallow will miss the rest of the football season after hurting his knee at the weekend.
The curious case of Harley Bennell is expected to remain just that this week with Gold Coast seemingly determined that the player continue to stand out of football as he is assessed by a series of experts across the industry.
Seemingly asleep at the wheel for almost three quarters, the Western Bulldogs overran the Gold Coast Suns to surge to a 22-point victory at Cazaly Stadium in Cairns on Saturday night.
Gold Coast Suns coach Rodney Eade said the club was not about to "sell the farm" in order to keep key forward Charlie Dixon, who kicked seven goals against North Melbourne last weekend.
It is disappointing that Gold Coast Suns' chiefs have chosen to adopt the AFL's line about Karmichael Hunt.
Gold Coast administrators had "more than an inkling" about troubling behavioural issues as they were developing at the heavily AFL-backed club, former player leader Campbell Brown has claimed.
Troubled Gold Coast Sun Harley Bennell will continue to remain out of football after a succession of talks on Tuesday involving the club, Bennell, the AFL and the players' union.