GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 09: Gary Ablett of the Suns leaves the field injured during the round 16 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium on July 9, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Ablett: I considered retirement

Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett says he considered retirement following his first major shoulder injury in 2014.

Ablett suffered a season ending shoulder injury in Round 16, 2014, forcing him out of the game for almost 12 months.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 09: Gary Ablett of the Suns leaves the field injured during the round 16 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium on July 9, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – JULY 09: Gary Ablett of the Suns leaves the field injured during the round 16 AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the Brisbane Lions at Metricon Stadium on July 9, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

The two-time Brownlow Medalist revealed on Channel Nine that he considered walking away from the game all together after the injury.

“At times, yes,” Ablett said.

“When I went through the first shoulder injury it crossed my mind at the time.

“I was 31 at the time, I’d been playing for 14 or 15 years and I was asking myself the question ‘why am I still doing this?’”

He managed just six games in 2015, with a knee injury cutting short his season, before injuring his shoulder once again last week, ruling him out for the remainder of this season.

Ablett played 61 of a possible 66 games in his first three season at the Suns, but will play just 35 of a possible 66 games in his next three seasons at the conclusion of this year.

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  1. Start 2017 as a full forward or pocket. Play another 100 games and kick tons of goals. It’s all impact injuries that are causing issues. It’s not his body breaking down

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