CARLTON midfielder Chris Judd will play on in 2015, with the Blues champion indicating he intends to continue his glittering career into next season.
Judd, 30, met with coach Mick Malthouse and interim chief executive Andrew McKay on Monday morning to outline plans to sign a one-year contract extension for a 14th season.
The dual Brownlow medallist said on Monday he was close to re-signing at Visy Park.
"Yep, yeah, pretty close," Judd told Footy Classified.
"(I) spoke to Mick and 'Macca' today and hopefully we announce some stuff soon."
Judd outlined the background to his decision on Fox Footy's On the Couch and revealed he had a change of heart about five weeks ago.
"Four or five months ago I had made the decision to retire and was really definitive on it and clear and for a number of reasons thought it was the right decision," Judd said.
"Then I did not even think about it until probably four weeks ago because the decision had been made [and] I was planning what I was going to do next year.
"I guess circumstances changed a bit three or four weeks ago and I have been speaking quite a lot to [Carlton coach] Mick [Malthouse] in the last couple of weeks and it forced me to have a rethink."
Judd said he still has plenty to offer assuming he gets through the final three weeks of the season without an unforeseen injury.
"I certainly want to leave when there is a little bit left in the tank," Judd said.
"[I] have to get through the next three games and have a clean bill of health at the end of the season but barring any unforeseen injury I'll be back next year.
"I'm really excited about it. The footy club is starting to turn a bit of a corner and is playing some decent footy so things are good."
Judd said he was unlikely to play every game in 2015 but that detail remained for future discussion. He admitted he would leave Carlton disappointed if the club did not win a premiership in his time.
"It will certainly be disappointing. That was the task set. That was the measure of whether my time at Carlton was successful," Judd said. "There would be an element of disappointment if that didn't happen in my time."
However he said he was back to really enjoying football.
"It's probably the first time in the seven years I have been at the club where there has been a real evenness in the competitiveness of the playing group, where you run out on the field with the 22 guys playing with you and you are really genuinely confident that they really want to win," Judd said.
Judd has been at his brilliant best in the past two games after overcoming an Achilles injury and then hamstring problems that have dogged him for most of the season.
He chalked up game No.134 with the Blues on Saturday against Gold Coast, equalling his games tally with former club West Coast.
He collected 27 disposals and booted two goals against the Suns, his strongest performance in a season hampered by injury.
Judd has been the best player of his generation. He has won two Brownlow Medals, captained the Eagles to a premiership, won five best and fairests and been in the top three of his club award every season except 2007 when a groin injury restricted him.
Judd also admitted that he had accepted a hefty pay cut to play in 2014 and had initiated the move when his six-year contract finished at the end of 2013. He said he had not even discussed terms with the Blues about 2015.
"I'm sure the club will be fair and I'll be fair. My objective is not to squeeze every dollar out of the footy club, it is to try to contribute and enjoy another year at Carlton," Judd said.
Carlton coach Mick Malthouse left the decision to Judd and told reporters post-game on Saturday that he would be happy for Judd to continue if that was what he wanted to do.
"If he says to me I reckon I can go on, I'll certainly be saying, so do I," Malthouse said. "He put some good ones in last year but I feel he's been more consistent this year though. From memory last year, I thought he had some terrific quarters. What I'm seeing now are some really good lengthy periods through the game."
Judd's teammates have been unanimous in expressing hope that Judd would continue in 2015 with skipper Marc Murphy stating in July that Judd should play on if his body is right.