Hartlepool Utd’s player of the year has no plans to retire

Paul Murray with the player of the year trophy 2012-2012. Picture By FRANK REID
Paul Murray with the player of the year trophy 2012-2012. Picture By FRANK REID

PLAYER-of-the-season Paul Murray has revealed he has no plans to call time on his 18-year playing career.

The 35-year-old was last week honoured with the annual prize by the club’s supporters following another outstanding campaign in which he has anchored the Pools midfield.

Murray is out of contract in the summer and his future remains uncertain, but either way, the Cumbrian will not be calling it quits just yet.

“It just shows, even at my age, you can still achieve things,” he told SportMail, reflecting on his awards, which also included the Away Player of the Season and a third prize from the club.

“My aim at the start of the season was just to play more games than I did last year and I’ve done that.

“I think I’ve probably been more consistent since the turn of the year as well.

“I didn’t play the first game under Neale (Cooper) in January, but I’ve played pretty much every one since and I’d like to think I’ve done well.

“So I’m pleased with how I’ve done and I’ve got the awards to show for it, which is nice.”

And, of the immediate future, he went on: “I’ve enjoyed it this season and I’m still enjoying it as much as I was when I was 17.

“I’m probably ready for a break, but at the same time I’m already looking forward to next season.”

Murray and co travel to South London for tomorrow’s season finale at Charlton Athletic with the Addicks marking their League One title triumph with help from the Red Devils and singer Pixie Lott.

Murray, though, is well aware that such celebrations can fall flat.

“One of the lads told me Pixie Lott is singing before the game – so it sounds like a bit of a party for them,” he added.

“But I remember at Carlisle when Mick (Wadsworth) was manager, we were 12 points ahead and had already won the championship.

“We played at home against Lincoln when we received the trophy and we got beat 3-1.

“I thought back to that the other day, so you never know.

“We’ll be going down there to win and I don’t see why we can’t.”