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I'm not Given up just yet, says veteran Shay

By Damian Spellman

Shay Given is not about to call a time on his illustrious playing career - even at the age of 41.

The 134-times-capped Republic of Ireland goalkeeper will become a free agent on July 1 when his contract at Stoke expires, but he is confident there is still another year left in him.

He said: "Yes I am 41, but I do feel I could go on for another year, be it as a number two or three in the Premier League, or number one in the Championship.

"There might be one last hurrah, a promotion, (it) just depends what is out there. I have no divine right to get a club but if someone came along and it was of interest, it might happen.

"I know the end is near. It could be this year, could be next year, but once you do retire, especially at my age, you can't go back in six months and say, 'I've changed my mind and I want to give it another go', and every ex-player I speak to says continue as long as you can.

"I know if the phone doesn't ring by the end of the window, then I won't be moping around, but I do feel I could play another year, definitely."

Given has 636 club appearances to his name during a career which has taken him from Celtic to Blackburn, Newcastle - he represented the Magpies on 462 occasions - Manchester City and Aston Villa with loan spells at Swindon, Sunderland and Middlesbrough on his way to the Potteries.

He has been preparing for the future for some time and already has his UEFA 'A' licence.

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