Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett says he considered retirement following his first major shoulder injury in 2014.
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Ablett suffered a season ending shoulder injury in Round 16, 2014, forcing him out of the game for almost 12 months.
The two-time Brownlow Medalist revealed on Channel Nine that he considered walking away from the game all together after the injury.
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“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.