Worcestershire batsman Graeme Hick has insisted he is not looking at the upcoming season as his last, despite the fact he will turn 42 in May 2008.
Hick remains a key part of Worcestershire's batting line-up
The former England batsman has spent 23 years at New Road and has a one-year deal with the county for this season.
And he said: "I am not looking it as my last season. I've spoken to people about various things recently and a lot say 'you are a long time retired'.
"I am still extremely fit and I love what I do. Why should I pack it in?"
Hick was in superb form last season, helping the county to a double promotion, and he says he can play his part in another successful campaign.
Some sides don't like coming to New Road and we have to make sure we capitalise on that
Hick on Worcestershire's chances this season
"I've always said hopefully I'll walk off the field one day and say 'I've had enough' and just quietly go," he said.
"But I don't feel any signs like that right now so I fully intend to keep contributing.
"Last year we showed signs of playing a lot more consistent cricket. If we can do that all season, we've got as good a chance as anyone - but we have to play well at home.
"Some sides don't like coming to New Road and we have to make sure we capitalise on that and use it to our advantage as much as we can."