Once any outfield player passes the age of 30, questions are asked as to how long they can continue.
Peter Crouch is now the wrong side of that landmark birthday, with the Stoke City striker set to turn 34 in January.
He is now considerably closer to the end of his career than he is the start, but the former Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur forward says he has given no thought to retirement.
Crouch made his 600th senior appearance on Saturday as the Potters were held 1-1 away at Crystal Palace.
The towering frontman was on target at Selhurst Park, his fifth goal of the season, and he sees no reason why he cannot go on troubling Premier League defences for many years to come.
He said in the Daily Mirror: “I don’t feel any different.
“I genuinely believe I can go on for a long, long time. I’m enjoying playing every day, lucky to do something I love doing.
“And I feel the same as I did five or six years ago playing for Liverpool in the Champions League. If I can continue the way I feel now, then I’ll go on for a number of years yet.”
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Crouch’s game has never been based on pace or movement, so there is no reason why he should be considering hanging up his boots.
He remains a handful for any top-flight rival, with his ability in the air and on the ground making him difficult to contain.
His vast experience also makes him a useful asset, but Stoke will need to act quickly if they are to avoid losing him at the end of the season, with his current contract running down and no extension in place.