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NI hero Carroll still wants to be on song for Linfield at 40

By Graham Luney

Roy Carroll says he's not making retirement plans and is prepared to extend his Linfield adventure if the club offer him a new deal.

The former Manchester United goalkeeper signed a one-year contract with the Blues in June and this season he's displayed the talent and leadership qualities that helped him net 44 Northern Ireland caps.

Although set to turn 40 in September, the Fermanagh man is loving life at Linfield and ahead of his side's huge Tennent's Irish Cup quarter-final against Crusaders at Seaview on Saturday, Carroll says he's not contemplating hanging up his gloves.

"My body feels good and I'm feeling good," said the former West Ham, Wigan and Hull City stopper. "I've just missed two league matches and I feel very strong and confident.

"When you get to my age I have to be fair and honest with myself and Linfield and then we'll come to a decision.

"I'm still enjoying my football and being with the boys at Linfield. At the moment I've got the desire to keep going but we'll see what happens.

"If the club want me to stay and see a role for me then we'll talk. I'm 40 in September but the key thing is I'm still enjoying it."

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