Pools’ Murray in no hurry to hang up his boots

Paul Murray in action against Walsall. Picture by FRANK REID
Paul Murray in action against Walsall. Picture by FRANK REID

PAUL Murray insists he is no hurry to hang up his boots at the end of the season.

The veteran midfielder is now in his 19th campaign as a professional having celebrated his 36th birthday back in August.

Murray’s current deal at Victoria Park expires in the summer and many observers perhaps expect the Cumbrian to call time on his playing days.

But the former Queens Park Rangers man remains a first-team regular and was last season crowned the supporters’ player of the year.

He has started all three matches under new boss John Hughes and will again anchor the engine-room when Stevenage come to town in two days’ time.

And Murray today told SportMail that his desire for his trade is burning as brightly as ever.

“Once the enthusiasm dies down then that’s when you worry,” he said.

“But I’m still pumped up every day for training and ahead of every game we play.

“I’m in the gym doing everything the young lads do and I feel fine.

“If I’m fit and healthy and still doing a job for someone then I will carry on next year, wherever that may be.

“The one thing which keeps me where I’m at is enthusiasm for the game.

“I look after myself and do everything right.

“I feel like I’m still contributing and I love what I do.”

Murray, though, admits to harbouring designs on management.

Indeed, he is currently working through his coaching badges and hopes to remain in the game beyond retirement.

Not that he’s looking too far ahead just yet.

“I’m doing my coaching badges and I’m on the first part of my ‘A’ license and that’s something I want to get into,” he added.

“But at the minute I’m not going to look past playing football.

“I was on my ‘A’ license with Gareth Ainsworth at Wycombe – he’s 39 now and he’s very fit.

“I’m not saying I’ll make it to 39, but I’ve got the enthusiasm he has and that’s what keeps me going.”