GARY Ablett says his body is fine to play another year, revealing that hamstring tendinitis restricted him from playing late in the season.
Ablett won his fourth Gold Coast best and fairest on Saturday night, despite playing just 14 games and missing seven of the last 10 with a combination of calf and hamstring problems.
The champion midfielder said the club wanted to shut down his season with three matches remaining, but he was desperate to play for interim coach Dean Solomon.
"I was struggling with some hamstring tendinitis, which a lot of people didn't know about," Ablett said.
"The club pretty much made the decision three weeks out that they thought it was best for me to pull the pin, but I did everything I possibly could because I really wanted to try and get up for the last couple of games.
"Dean Solomon taking over and the season panning out the way it was, I wanted to be out there with the boys, but it didn't eventuate.
"I know a lot of people have written other things, but I can tell you guys that's not true, that I was doing everything I possibly could to get out on the field."
Ablett's future has been the source of much speculation after the two-time Brownlow medalist asked for a trade back to Geelong last off-season.
He has one year to run on his Suns deal and is expected to ask for a trade again, although Ablett said on Saturday night he had decided nothing and needed time to discuss things with his family.
He has also previously not ruled out retirement.
The 33-year-old said he was disappointed with the commentary questioning the legitimacy of his injury.
On multiple occasions Ablett was chosen in Gold Coast's team on a Thursday night, only to be withdrawn prior to the match.
"I told the club I didn't want to be ruled out, that I wanted to do everything I possibly could," he said.
"If we were to tell you that (that he was out for the rest of the season), who knows how many stories would start, everyone would want to have their different opinions on what was really going on.
"I think that's why we handled it the way we did."
Ablett said he had total confidence his body could stand up to another season.