Mixu Paatelainen is to remain in Scotland, becoming St Johnstone's first-team player-coach following his release by Hibernian.
Mixu Paatelainen is determined to play on at McDiarmid Park
The Finnish striker will form the managerial team next season along with boss Billy Stark and captain Jim Weir, who becomes reserve-team coach.
But the 36-year-old Paatelainen is determined to play on as Saints aim to win promotion from the First Division next season.
"I still want to be playing as long as I possibly can," he told his new club's website.
"I feel I have at least two years left in me and I'll be looking to fulfil that.
"There are still goals to come and, if I didn't have this enthusiasm both on and off the pitch, I wouldn't continue to play.
"I know there have been some people questioning my age perhaps, but I don't see this as a problem at all.
I topped the pre-season fitness chart at the beginning of last season
"I know I am very fit and perhaps I'll surprise some people and prove some wrong.
"I know at Hibs some team-mates wondered how such a big lump could have so much stamina and a high level of fitness, but I topped the pre-season fitness chart at the beginning of last season.
"Hopefully, I can do that again this year.
"St Johnstone are a premier league outfit; the facilities here are second to none.
"I also realise how tough the First Division can be, but I already have four promotions under my belt - twice with Bolton and also with Hibs and Strasbourg, so I hope I can make it five with Saints.
"The coaching role is also something which made me decide to sign for Saints.
"There were options; at home in Finland, in Ireland and in Scotland, but I had a good feeling about Saints and, after speaking with Billy Stark, my mind was made up and I know I've made the right choice.
"It will be a big challenge and there will be a lot of pressure on us because we're the biggest club in the league, but I'm sure that, with a lot of hard work, we will get promotion."