Gary Ablett of the AFL Gold Coast Suns speaks to media at Metricon Stadium on August 26, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Gary Ablett has stepped down as Gold Coast captain and is contemplating quitting football at the end of next season.

The bombshell revelation comes after a tumultuous period since the end of the home and away season in which the 32-year-old asked to be traded back to Geelong and received heavy criticism about a perceived lack of commitment to the Suns.

The two-time Brownlow medallist did not want to delve into the issues which have thrown his future into doubt, but spoke of wanting to find balance in his life and “invest” in his marriage.

“In the back of my mind I want to play two years, but I can’t guarantee that and that’s because of everything that’s going on in my personal life,” he said.

“I’m contracted for another two years and I’ll sit down with the club at the end of this year and chat.

“Trying to juggle football life and life outside football, I need to see where things are at at the end of this year and I’ll make a decision then.”