The club revealed on Wednesday that the 33-year-old, 335 game veteran will go round again, after taking time away from the club after to consider his future following the Dockers’ loss to Hawthorn in the preliminary final.
“While I can still play, I will choose to play,” Pavlich said.
“It’s a decision I took very seriously. Retiring and playing on were toing and froing in my mind.
“It didn’t necessarily come to me straight away. I had thorough discussions with (coach) Ross Lyon and (general manager) Chris Bond and they were so supportive and gave me the time and space I needed.
“I needed to ensure the decision being made was the right one and it suited the football club, myself and my family.
“I had some really good conversations with my wife, Lauren and, more recently, with my dad.”