Kevin Phillips shelves retirement plans

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KEVIN Phillips has told The Gazette he has scrapped his plans to retire at the end of the season and will play for one more season.

But the striker, who took his tally to 17 for the season with a brace against Leicester on Wednesday night, said he hadn’t yet made up his mind where he will spend that final season.

But Phillips said the respect Ian Holloway has shown him will play a big part in his decision.

The 38-year-old revealed: “I will definitely play for another year. Whether it is here I don’t know – I’ve not thought that far ahead.

“So, yes, I have decided I will play on but where I don’t know.

“Let’s just see what happens this season and what we do –whether we get in the play-offs or if we go to Wembley and get promoted … that would be great.

“But I am not going to make any decisions just yet.

“However, what I will say is that the manager has been absolutely fantastic with me, allowing me to do my own training at home and keep myself right – and it is paying off.

“To have a manager who respects and trusts you is a major, major thing for me. When I do sit down in the summer to think about what I do next year, that will have a major influence on my decision.”

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Phillips once again rolled back the years at Bloomfield Road on Wednesday, scoring with a header in the first half and then firing home in stoppage time to secure a point against the Foxes.

the frontman added: “It isn’t all about me, it is about the team and I think that was a well-earned point.

“We could have easily lost it, we could have won it. A point was a fair result.

“I suppose you are always disappointed when you score three goals at home and don’t win the game.

“We’ll learn from that, and we’ll take it into the game at Reading at the weekend and hopefully do better.

“I am absolutely delighted with 17 goals. I am sure there are a lot of people in this ground who would never have thought I’d get ten this year.

“Why do I say that? Because of my age and because people thought I wouldn’t have started as many games as I have.

“But it just goes to show that age really is just a number. The manager believes in me and I am repaying him.”

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