Geelong's discussions about bringing back wantaway Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett were quickly shut down by the Suns, the Cats say.
Ablett requested to be traded to Geelong but was knocked back by Gold Coast officials.
The 32-year-old, who joined the club in 2010 from the Cats, is understood to have asked permission to re-join Geelong after his wife Jordan expressed her desire to move back to Victoria.
"The Gold Coast was very clear on the fact he was their player and will continue to be their player. He had just signed a three-year deal earlier in the year,'' Geelong's head of football Steve Hocking told News Corp Australia.
"They were very clear on that and shut it down very quickly to Gary. We respected their opinion right from the word go.
"It was him looking to come back to the club and it was all to do with him and the Gold Coast.
"It didn't drag on too long, it was shut down by the Gold Coast."
Ablett signed a $10-million contract to be the Suns' inaugural skipper before inking a three-year extension last year.
He has two years left on his contract.
Gold Coast chairman Tony Cochrane told News Corp Australia Ablett's request amounted to a "very brief conversation" and Geelong had approached him.
"Gary completely accepted that as far as the Gold Coast Suns are concerned he's an absolutely required player," Cochrane said.
The Suns lost Dion Prestia (Richmond) and Jaeger O'Meara (Hawthorn) during the trade period, but brought in Brisbane star Pearce Hanley and Jarryd Lyons from Adelaide.