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MAGPIES: Crittenden is inspired by legend Giggs
NICK Crittenden says he could take inspiration from Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs in a bid to extend his football career.
The Welshman, who turns 40 this November, has reinvented himself as a central midfielder having previously been an out and out winger.
And wide man Crittenden, 34, believes a change of position might be just what he needs to keep going just that little bit longer.
After signing a new one-year deal at the Avenue last month, Crittenden wants to make the most of the time he has left in the game and taking a leaf out of Giggs’ book is an option.
“It is difficult to sustain a certain level of play as a winger when you’re getting older,” he said. “You have got to be sharp and quick and you don’t see many wingers playing at 35 or 36.
“Ryan Giggs is an exception but he has been able to keep playing by becoming a central midfielder in the last few years.
“I read that he hardly trains with his team-mates and does most of his stuff on his own. “Top-class players who are still playing at my age and older are an inspiration and maybe changing positions is something I will consider to keep my career going.
“I’ve always been a winger but I played a lot of games at right-back and wing-back when I was at Weymouth and Yeovil.”
He continued: “I love football and I’ll be devastated when the day comes that I have to give it up.
“I know the time is coming but I always want to be involved in football and I’m taking it season by season.
“Come this time next year, if I think I can play 90 minutes and if Dorchester want me I’ll be happy to stay.
“I do worry about hobbling around at 40 or 50 and I’ve got to be careful I don’t ruin the rest of my life, but I hope I’ve got a couple of years left.
“I’m happy to go on as long as I can and then see what happens.”
Despite being a veteran in football terms, Crittenden has continued to work hard on his own preparations for the campaign and can’t wait for the trip to Staines Town on Saturday.
“I’ve been working hard through the summer and just want to stay fit for as long as I can,” he added.
“I gave myself May off to get over last season and then started running again in June, because of that I got back into pre-season feeling sharp.
“It will be a tough season and I think we’re probably looking at mid-table, anything after that would be a bonus.”
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