WES BROWN will avoid putting a time limit on how long he will continue playing, as he enters the final year of his Sunderland contract.
The former Manchester United man is in the twilight of a hugely-decorated career, with the centre-half turning 35 in October.
But Brown is setting aside all thoughts of when he will hang up his boots and is simply focusing on continuing to be a mainstay in the Sunderland defence, before seeing where that leaves him at the end of his current deal next June.
Brown told the Echo: “I just want to play as well as I can this season, hopefully stay in the team and then see what happens.
“I’ve played football all my life so it’s not just something I’m going to quit straightaway if it’s possible to carry on.
“I’m not the sort of person who doesn’t like football or gets bored with it.
“It’s been with me since I can remember, so until these legs drop off, I’ll try to play as much as I can.”
Brown’s career looked to have reached a standstill just over a year ago when Sunderland offered to pay up the remainder of his contract after the ex-England international had spent more than 12 months on the treatment table.
But Brown fought back from his injury misery to feature 31 times for Sunderland last season and play a key role in the Black Cats’ renaissance under Gus Poyet.
Brown has come through this pre-season unscathed so far and was one of six players to complete their first 90 minutes of the summer in Wednesday’s friendly against CD Nacional, here in Portugal.
He said: “The goal every season is to play as many games as possible. It’s as simple as that.
“It was always little niggles with me. I always felt stuff and then carried on and made it worse.
“It took me a while.
“Now, if I feel anything, I stop and then in a couple of days, it’s gone.
“You’ve just got to manage yourselves like that.
“To be fair, last season I got through the pre-season and then right at the end I started picking up a few calf injuries. But it feels much better getting the whole pre-season in.
“I’m looking forward to the season and hoping it can carry on.”