Stewart Drummond says he never had any intention of retiring after signing a new one-year contract at Morecambe.
The 37-year-old surprised many by rolling back the years as he played 50 games for the Shrimps last season while combining his role in the middle of the park with that of reserve team boss.
Drummond said: “It’s great to extend my playing career a bit more.
“I think combining the two roles has gone pretty well.
“I’ve not been involved as much as Jim (Bentley) and Ken (McKenna) but I’ve got a bit of a taste of it and it hasn’t affected my playing career which was a bit of a concern.
“I never considered retiring.
“I still feel fit and am contributing to the cause.
“I’d rather keep going than stop and then look back and think I could have played for one or two more years.”
The Shrimps stalwart admitted he hadn’t expected to feature as heavily as he has done this campaign, but ended the season picking up the Shrimps Voices and Players’ Player of the Year at the club’s end of season awards.
He said: “I missed out in the Blackpool game and one or two others early doors and maybe thought I wasn’t going to be involved as much as I had been.
“But with injuries and other things Jim’s hand was forced and I ended playing the majority of the games for the rest of the season.”
The former Chester man finished the season in central defence but says he is content as long as he’s on the field.
He said: “I hadn’t played centre half for about 15 years, when I started out at Preston.
“It was one of those things. I’ll just play where I’m needed. I’m just happy if I’m playing.”