Daniel Giansiracusa's plans to move into AFL coaching have been put on hold with Western Bulldogs veteran signing a one-year contract extension.
Giansiracusa was asked by Bulldogs coach Brendan McCartney to consider another year as a player and the 31-year-old decided that he had the passion to continue.
He will take on an official coaching role with the club in 2015.
Set to play his 250th AFL game against Melbourne on Sunday, Giansiracusa is the club's leading goalkicker this year with 34 majors from 19 games.
Making his debut with the Bulldogs in 2001, Giansiracusa spent four weeks as their starting substitute earlier this year.
It appeared the role was easing him toward retirement but Giansiracusa said he felt it had helped him finish the season strongly.
Bulldogs list manager Jason McCartney said securing a player with such vast experience was a bonus for the club.
"On top of an impressive season where he leads the club in goalkicking, Daniel has been a great leader and mentor to our developing group," McCartney said.
The decision to keep Giansiracusa came after the club announced this week there was no room for veteran midfielder Daniel Cross.
Following that decision, Cross said he wanted to keep playing and would search for a new club.