John Terry was leading by example again for Chelsea on Monday night, as he netted in a 2-0 victory over Stoke City which has the Blues sat top of the Premier League table at Christmas.
His display also offered another timely reminder to his bosses at Stamford Bridge of what he is capable of.
Terry’s current contract is due to run until the end of the season, with a 12-month extension agreed at the start of the summer.
Calls for similar terms to be tabled in the near future are growing in intensity, with a talismanic figure showing no signs of slowing down.
Terry recently passed his 34th birthday, but he remains one of the most consistent performers in the English top-flight.
Former Chelsea forward Tony Cascarino believes he is capable of competing at that level for many years to come, with his game all about sniffing out danger and making the most of his physical attributes.
Cascarino told Sky Sports News: “I played until I was 38 and I think John can play into his late 30s.
“I was lucky enough to play with big Paul McGrath, who played until he was 38 and never trained for 10 of the years, Kevin Moran likewise, Mick McCarthy.
“I see him as a defender that doesn’t have to rely on pace, and with that he could play on for a good few years.”
Terry made his Chelsea debut way back in 1998 and has gone on to make over 630 appearances for the club.
He has skippered the Blues for much of that time, as well as captaining England on several occasions.
It would come as a surprise were he not offered the opportunity to prolong his association with the club, with Jose Mourinho relying on his leadership skills as much as ever.