Veteran Defender Michael Duff Not Retiring
Burnley Football Club’s longest-serving player, veteran defender Michael Duff has no intention of retiring at the end of the season. The thirty-seven year old is celebrating his testimonial year with the Clarets, will have to wait to see what his future holds as his contract expires in the summer.
Steve Cotterill signed Duff from Cheltenham Town 11 years ago for just £30,000, the defender has gone on to make 31 top flight appearances and 335 for the clarets in total.
Duff, believes the club is in a much stronger proposition now and in a significantly better position despite relegation back to the Championship. After featuring in seven of the club’s eight Premier League games were the Clarets have kept clean sheets this term, the former Northern Ireland international is eager to prolong his playing career.
Speaking after the Hull City game Michael Duff said, “I’ve not really thought about it but I’ve got no intention of retiring, today’s performance alone shows that I’ve still got something to offer.
I still feel fit, however the day I feel I don’t have anything to offer I will pack up, this season was a free hit for me really. It’s been a bonus year because I didn’t ever expect to get back to this level so I’m just enjoying every minute.
We’ve still got two games of this season to go and there’s a holiday in-between so we’ll start preparing for next season in the summer. The challenge won’t be any different next season the gaffer will set the same demands he expects from us every day in training.
We’re not the only team that’s gone up and come straight back down, we don’t really deal with the past, you affect what’s happening in front of you and that’s what we’ll be doing.
The foundations have been built, when you look at the training ground and the development of the club, we will go back in to the Championship a much, much stronger club than what we were two years ago. We’ll be in a much better position.”