Matthew Pavlich will continue his career into a 16th season after signing a one-year contract extension with Freemantle, The Guardian reports.
Pavlich, a six-time best and fairest winner, stated that the mid-season retirement of fellow AFL stalwart Jonathan Brown was a sharp reminder that the end can come sooner than expected.
Pavlich led Fremantle to the 2013 Grand Final where they were beaten by Hawthorn, and should this season's attempt at the flag fail, the six-time All Australian will have one final tilt at a maiden Premiership.
Perfect exit unlikely
Pavlich stated that he remained confident his body could still stand up to the rigours of AFL footy but remained realistic about the chances of the 'perfect exit' from the game.
He said: "I understand, and I'm pragmatic enough to know that absolute perfect exits from the game are few and far between."
On a premature retirement such as that of Brown or Darren Glass, Pavlich said: "I'm pragmatic enough to understand that could very well happen, but I'm certainly planning for it not to."
Pavlich is expected to return to the Fremantle line-up for Sunday's game with Greater Western Sydney after missing last week's win over Melbourne.
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