GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 11: Gary Ablett of the Suns reacts during the round two AFL match between the Gold Coast Suns and the St Kilda Saints at Metricon Stadium on April 11, 2015 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Former Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett says he’s still a chance to remain in a Suns uniform in 2018.

At the end of last season Ablett requested a trade back to Geelong, and in an interview with The Footy Show last week, also stated he could seek a move back to Victoria at season’s end.

However, Ablett fronted the media on Tuesday afternoon and slightly changed his stance on the issue, saying he could see out the remaining 18 months of his contract at the Gold Coast.

“Without a doubt. If we can work thorugh some of the things that are going on off-field – I don’t know what that looks like and it’s not something I want to open up about in this type of setting – but if we can work through that, I’m really enjoying myself up here,” Ablett said. 

“It’s not something I want to think too long term, I just really want to focus on this year.

“And it shows on the weekend we can play a good brand of football.’’

It was a tough week for Ablett following the Suns’ 102-point loss to the Giants in round two, with the media critiquing his hunger and his performance throughout the match.

“I won’t lie I was disappointed in a couple of articles I heard about, the biggest thing is when you know they don’t have all the facts and have been misinformed, that can be disappointing,’’ he said.

“It is not something I let affect me too much, I need to focus on things I can control.’’

He’s decided to wait until the end of the season to make a decision on his future.

“I don’t know what 2018 looks like for me for personal reasons, family reasons,” Ablett said

“I’ve been in the game 16 years and I just need to work out where everything is sitting in my life at that time.

“I want to be open and honest as I have been from the start when I asked for the trade at the end of last football season. 

“Nothing’s changed, I’m focused on this year and hopefully helping our club play some finals football and then I’ll sit down with the club at the end of the year.”