PNE star looks to the future

Kevin Davies
Kevin Davies
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Kevin Davies is open minded about his Preston North End future.

The veteran striker’s contract at North End runs out at the end of the season but the 37-year-old has yet to decide what he will do beyond next summer.

There has been speculation linking Davies with a return to Bolton Wanderers as manager after Dougie Freedman was sacked last week.

Having made more than 400 appearances in a near 10-year stint at the Macron Stadium before his arrival at Deepdale, Davies would be a popular choice with the club’s supporters.

However, his lack of managerial experience and the fact that he is still studying for his coaching A-licence would appear to rule him out of the reckoning.

Although he would not be drawn on the link with his former club, Davies – who turns 38 in March – admits the thought of going into coaching is something which excites him once he finally hangs up his boots.

But he is also open to the prospect of forging a career in the media – and has worked as a television pundit at a number of games this season.

All that, though, is very much on the back burner as far as he is concerned.

Currently sidelined after cracking a rib during the 3-1 defeat to Walsall at the Bescot Stadium, Davies is ready to step up his recovery next week.

He is eager to play a part in North End’s promotion push from League One and then will sit down with PNE manager Simon Grayson once the season has finished to re-evaluate his position at the club.

“I feel proud and privileged to have kept my career going for so long,” Davies told the Evening Post.

“There have been some fantastic memories along the way. Lots of ups – and downs, which is what you would expect in a game as ruthless as this.

“I’ve loved every minute of it and I’m enjoying my time now here at Preston.

“Obviously at the end of the season, I will be 38 and that’s when I will re-assess where I am with the club.

“It depends on what the club want to do...what I want to do. It’s not something I am worried about at all.

“I think I will know when it’s time to stop playing.

“I speak to many ex-players and they say to play as long as you possibly can.

“As long as I’m enjoying it and I can keep going physically, then I will carry on.

“I am not sure when the day will be when I retire – I am not putting a date on it.”

Only last week Davies was putting an amateur team in Bolton through its paces during his spare time in the evening.

And on Sunday, he was part of the BT Sport punditry team analysing the Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and FC Augsburg.

He said: “I am doing my A-licence at the moment, so I was out last week doing a bit of coaching with a local team in Botlon. I get a few requests, so I popped down and did an hour-and-a-half with them. It’s something I enjoy doing and gives me a bit of experience in coaching.”