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'This may be my last season', Ablett's future up in air

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 01:  Gary Ablett of the Suns looks on during the round two AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Gold Coast Suns at Spotless Stadium on April 1, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/AFL Media/Getty Images)
Gary Ablett's future beyond this year remains clouded
I don't know what 2018 holds for me
Gary Ablett

GOLD Coast superstar Gary Ablett has again refused to commit to playing out his current contract with the Suns.

Ablett has weathered a storm of criticism this week over his poor body language during Gold Coast's 102-point drubbing by Greater Western Sydney.

The 32-year-old had a trade request back to Geelong denied by the Suns at the end of last season.

After relinquishing the captaincy in November last year, Ablett told AFL.com.au he was considering retiring at the end of 2017.

He reiterated those comments to The Footy Show on Thursday night, saying he could retire for personal reasons with a year left on his contract.

"I think that was (something) that I was really honest about with the club ... I said 'this may be my last season'," Ablett said of his failed attempt to return to Geelong.

"I've got some things going on in my life that I'm not going to elaborate on, but they are my number one priority at the moment.

"I said to the club (last year) that I'm super committed to this year ... I'm going to give it everything.

"But I don't know what 2018 holds for me. I will sit down with the club at the end of the year, we will talk through that and I will work out what the next step is for me."

Ablett requested a trade back to the Cats for family reasons last year and wouldn't elaborate when asked if he would submit another request after this season.

But he denied Victorian wife Jordan had anything to do with his potential retirement.

Ablett wouldn't rule out playing on with the Suns in the right scenario, adding he is happy at the club he joined before the 2011 season.

The 290-game veteran has struggled with shoulder injuries over the past two seasons but was buoyed by his solid pre-season and is feeling more confident in his body.

Ablett has played 98 games for the Suns and captained the club for six years before he stepped down late last year.

The dual-Brownlow medallist admitted he had been stung by questions about his commitment to Gold Coast.

"It does hurt ... when you hear anyone speaking about you like that it would be lying to say that it didn't hurt," he said.

"It does hurt when you hear people say that you don't care.

"I'm someone that has been in the system for 16 years. The game's given so much to me and I'm hoping that people can say at the end of my career that I've given a bit back to the game as well.

"I go out there every week, I'm a super competitive guy, and I don't like to lose.

"I'm sure if you were to look at footage of any team that loses by 100 points, you will find footage of guys with their head down because we're competitive as footballers and we want to win games."