The 33-year old has struggled through injuries since arriving at the Holden Centre at the end of the 2016 season, playing just 14 games over that period.
Following the ex-Roo’s latest foot injury that ended his 2018 season, speculation has grown that Wells should hang up the boots at the end of this season.
But Pickering has affirmed that Wells will honour the third year of his contract and don the black and white stripes again in 2019.
“He wants to play and he will be able to play,” Pickering said on SEN Breakfast.
SEN host Tim Watson questioned if Wells’ body would hold up, putting forward the question to Pickering: “Has he got the capacity to play another year?”
Pickering replied: “Yes, of course he will.
“He’s in a moon boot at the moment. He will be playing.
“Maybe they’re questioning him for the fact that he has had a lot of injuries in his first two years at the club.
“He’s contracted and he’ll be playing.
“I’m actually really confident. If he gets his foot right, he’s got his speed, he’s still got his class.
“Let’s not forget, the games he played last year how important he was. He’s just had a bad run over 12 months.
“He’s keen to play again.
“Unless something changes between now and the end of the year, that’s what will be happening.”