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'Why would I retire?': Steven Douglas has no thoughts of ending Coleraine career at 42

 

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Steven Douglas isn't ready to hang up his boots yet.

Steven Douglas isn't ready to hang up his boots yet.

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Steven Douglas isn't ready to hang up his boots yet.

The oldest player in the Danske Bank Premiership has declared he has no intention of retiring at the age of 42 and can't wait to get back at it.

Steven Douglas has enjoyed a glittering career with Portadown, Linfield and Coleraine but the versatile defender insists he has no plans to walk away from the game just yet.

The title-chasing Bannsiders will play rivals Ballymena United in the Irish Cup semi-finals if and when the season resumes, so Douglas can yet add to his overcrowded trophy cabinet.

The Scottish-born player reveals he considered stepping down a level in the game to play more football, but prefers to be the go-to man for Oran Kearney when the first XI is under pressure.

"I'm busting to play and I have no intention of retiring whatsoever", said the evergreen defender. "We have an Irish Cup semi-final to look forward to, why would I retire?

"I could step down a level to play more football but I'm still involved at Coleraine and I love it, no way am I going to walk away from it just yet.

"Oran looks after me and he knows what I can do when called upon, it suits all parties and I still believe I can help the team out.

"I've been playing this game for 20 years and I love it as much as I did when I started playing and I feel fit enough.

"I run a scaffolding company, have done for 16 years, that's 16 years up and down ladders and that helps me, plus my wife is 10 years younger than me and I have a house full of kids, so that keeps me young as well!

"I do the training as I have done over the years. Tuesday is the hard night of training but if you put the work in, you get the rewards.

"People keep telling me to play as long as you can and I am taking their advice."

Belfast Telegraph