William Porterfield is planning for life after cricket but is in no mood to give it up just yet.
The 35-year-old from Donemana may have lost the Ireland captaincy at the end of last year but still has plenty of advice to offer his successor, Andy Balbirnie, and as long as he is churning out the runs at the top of the order is keen to keep on going - whenever the action resumes.
"I've been doing some property stuff online, mainly because I've an interest in property. I'm not sure how much I'll use it but want to stay involved in cricket and think I can do both, something which is highlighted more with what is going on at the minute," said Porterfield.
"If you are stuck down one route things can stop pretty quickly. Everything seems to be going online and while property is not my strongest suit I can learn about it and if I progress from there then great, if not, it's not for me. But I'll give it a crack."
The property of Ireland captain belonged exclusively to Porterfield for an incredible 253 games - a record which surely will never be beaten - after he took over from Trent Johnston in 2008, just months after being appointed vice-captain. Looking back it was a big learning experience.
"I was made vice-captain before we went on a tour to Bangladesh and I think, although I haven't spoken to him about it, TJ was considering stepping down," he said.
"I was only 23 but there was so much experience in that side - Whitey (Andrew White), TJ, Kyle (McCallan), and Andre Botha had all played a lot of cricket before I came into the side and so they gave me a bit of leeway in terms of learning.
"I had to make decisions they didn't agree with. It wasn't easy telling a bowler you are not getting two slips when they have so much more experience than you.
"Once those lads stepped down, there was a new wave of players so I always felt I stayed fresh in that regard. Here was a new challenge and we were into a new cycle. So for me, it was never a case of you have been captain for four years and then it was time to step down."
It didn't stop questions being asked about his future however, when Ireland started losing matches on a regular basis in 2015-16 but, for the now experienced skipper, that was never an option.
"That was the biggest frustration because we were playing a completely different standard of cricket. All our games were against top eight-10 teams who have a massive pool of players and a top domestic structure," he said.
"For six or seven years we had dominated Associate cricket but we always wanted to go to the next level so there was always going to be that transition period.
"I knew at that stage I could take the flak when we weren't getting the results because we were laying the foundations so that we could beat those teams and compete with them on a regular basis. I also knew the flak wouldn't affect my game so those cycles kept me fresh."
That two-year period coincided with New Zealander John Bracewell's time as coach but having given him his break in county cricket with Gloucestershire, Porterfield enjoyed working with him.
"Bracers had a tough time, but he loved Irish cricket and just wanted the best for it," he said simply.
The one time that Porterfield seriously considered stepping down was in March 2018 when Ireland failed to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
"I genuinely questioned everything after that, when is the right time for someone else to take over. You think like that because you have run a cycle but the reason I kept going was because there was another cycle."
And what bigger incentive to stay on than leading Ireland onto the field for their first Test match, against Pakistan.
"You can never take that away from anyone involved in that match. In my career, Ireland playing Test cricket was not even on the horizon, then it will happen at some point, then it will happen in your lifetime, but it actually happened pretty quickly," he said.
"It changed so often during the Inter-continental Cup campaign, first you had to win it but in the end both Afghanistan and ourselves got promoted (to Full Member status).
"In 2017, we had played a one-day international at Lord's in front of a packed house, which was special, then the first Test and since then two more Test matches. The most frustrating thing is we put ourselves in a position to win two of them but it showed we can compete at that level."
Porterfield has played just three matches under Balbirnie and he appreciates his advice won't always be accepted.
"I enjoyed those three ODIs in West Indies. I've said to Balbo I'll give you as much or as little as you want. I actually enjoyed getting other people's opinions when I was captain, although it was hard when you think you should do something and a senior player thinks otherwise," he said.
"I found it hardest when playing with Joycey (Ed Joyce) when we disagreed. He had played so much more cricket than me and I looked up to him but you have to make your own decision. I have done both, sometimes gone with them, sometimes gone against them and when you go with someone else's opinion and it goes wrong, that hurts more.
"But I always wanted opinions. And Balbo has made a good start. It must be so frustrating for him not making it onto the park, we have missed the Zimbabwe trip and now don't know when our next games will be."
For now, Porterfield is enjoying some family time, something he didn't realise he missed in the early days of his captaincy.
"When you're 23-24, nothing else matters. Then I never enjoyed my girlfriend being around the night before the game. I remember one match when Bangladesh were playing at Stormont and she couldn't get her head round why I didn't want her to be there. But some lads are more relaxed being around family and preferred staying at home the night before a game, but now I have actually come full circle because I want to be around my family," he said.
"But when you are young, you are so focused on what you want to do, but being away from home is the biggest sacrifice."
Porterfield left home "pretty much the Monday after I left school" and by 2007 was sharing a house in London with then Ireland team-mate and now England one-day captain Eoin Morgan.
"After I got back from the World Cup in West Indies I was living in London and sending out letters to counties looking for opportunities in 2nd XI cricket. Morgs was playing for Middlesex and you knew then he was always destined for big things," he said. "He was always focused, coming through the age groups (with Ireland) and always stood out. Like Joyce and (Paul) Stirling, you knew they were different."
Morgan would leave the Ireland set-up in controversial circumstances, during the World Cup qualifying campaign in 2009, after a blazing row with coach Phil Simmons, but Porterfield, as captain, had no issues with his team-mate.
"He left only because we had already qualified. The agreement was he was always going home once we had qualified, so everything was fine. We needed the relationship with counties in those days and we had got our job done in South Africa. His career was in county cricket and I don't think you could stand in his way."
Four weeks later Morgan made his ODI debut for England.
For the next eight summers, Porterfield would also be compromised between playing county cricket for Warwickshire, from 2011, and for Ireland and in all he missed 36 internationals.
Ironically, it ended when Ireland got Test match status with players forced to choose between continuing their county life and extending their international career.
The decision was taken out of Porterfield's hands by Ashley Giles, the man who had brought him to Edgbaston six years earlier.
"I had a good relationship with him. But he ended up releasing a lot of people he had signed, including myself and Boyd (Rankin), but that's a natural process in sport," he said.
"I think if Ireland had not become a Full Member they would have kept me on. I would have loved to have stayed another couple of years, it was a great set-up."
Now, contracted to Ireland, Porterfield waits to see when he will play his 302nd international, in a career which deserves an extended finale.