PNE ace Kev wants to carry on playing

Kevin Davies is hoping to pull on his boots for at least another season
Kevin Davies is hoping to pull on his boots for at least another season
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Preston North End striker Kevin Davies is hoping to pull on his boots for at least another season.

The veteran target man will turn 38-years-old later this month and his future remains undecided.

Out of contract at Deepdale in the summer and with a possible career in the media or coaching beckoning, Davies concedes the end of his playing days is nigh.

But he is hoping to delay the inevitable for at least another year, although whether his future lies with PNE or another club remains to be seen.

“I am planning on continuing,” the former Bolton and England star said.

“Probably at the start of the season, I thought this might be my last one. But as the season has gone on, I have enjoyed it.

“I speak to all these ex-players and they say keep playing for as long as you can.

“I always say back, ‘It’s easy for you to say when you’ve been retired for 10 years’. But I feel like the demands and the stresses, which are being placed on myself, I am dealing with.

“As along as I am not embarrassing myself and I’m still able to do the things I expect to be able to do, then I will carry on.

“A lot of ex-players say you will know when its time and I don’t feel like it’s my time.”

After suffering a rib injury in September in the 3-1 defeat against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium, Davies spent a period on the sidelines.

But he put his time on the sidelines to good use by embarking on a diet and fitness programme.

He returned to the squad in October in leaner and fitter condition, the result being that he has featured 32 times since.

Many of those appearances have been from the start of games, although he has been back on the substitutes’ bench over the past month.

“I have loved being in the team recently,” said Davies, who has also played for Chesterfield, Southampton and Blackburn Rovers.

“There’s a lot of competition for places here and I have been lucky enough to be in the squad and still coming on in games.

“With us doing so well at the moment, everybody is on a high and we want to keep that going until the end of the season.”

While Davies is keen to extend his career, if this season is going to be his last, he would love to sign off in style and help Preston win promotion back to the Championship.

He came on as a second-half substitute for Joe Garner in Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Peterborough United, their eighth win in nine which keeps them in second place in League One.

“As you get older you always worry where your next contract is going to come from.

“But I am in a position where there’s no pressure on me – I am 38 in a couple of weeks.

“I am in a really good place at the moment in terms of my football and my family life.

“Obviously, we still have to finish this season off and see where that takes us.

“The goal is to help the club win promotion and get out of this league, which is what I came here to do.

“Hopefully, we can do that and it will be a great end to the season. But in terms of playing on, I will see what offers come in over the summer and take it from there.”