during the round 12 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Gold Coast Suns at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 12, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

Fresh from announcing his decision to step down as captain of the Gold Coast Suns, Gary Ablett says he is feeling fit and ready to play a full season, after three injury interrupted years.

Ablett has opted to stand down as skipper for 2017, citing family issues as the main reason for his decision.

However, he says his on-field performances will be as good as ever, as he returns from another shoulder injury.

“My body’s feeling really good. I’m really happy with where it’s at,” Ablett said.

“It’s feeling strong. I haven’t got my full range back yet, but I’m confident I’ll have that back in the next couple of months.

“I’m not just saying that, my body is feeling really good.

“I feel like I’ve got plenty of (good) footy left in the body.”

After a relatively injury free first 13 seasons in the league, the 32-year-old has played just 20 of the Suns’ last 50 games, due to two shoulder surgeries and one knee surgery over the last three seasons.

“The first 13, 14 years of my career I didn’t really have an injury,” he said.

“The thing with all the injuries, they’ve all been impact, collision-type injuries; it’s not like it’s soft tissue injuries where the body’s breaking down on me.”