Fulham skipper Danny Murphy is targeting at least two more seasons of football, hopefully at the top level, having already enjoyed 13 years in the Barclays Premier League with Liverpool, Charlton Athletic, Tottenham and the Cottagers.
The veteran midfielder is set to make his 150th appearances for the west London outfit this season and whilst the 34-year-old has hinted that he would be keen to play for longer, the former England international doesn't want to look past the next couple of seasons, and hopes to have a positive impact at Craven Cottage in those campaigns.
"In an ideal world, from now, I’d like to do another two seasons - that would be realistic. Then I’d have to reassess, that’s as far as I can look," Murphy told the official Fulham website. "You see a few players getting to that level, a great inspiration for me was Gary McAllister, I think he was 35 or 36 when he was at Liverpool and was a huge factor in winning the treble.
"I think the way I play helps me have longevity because I’m not someone who goes mad, running around the pitch. I also have to give the lads credit over the last couple of years; the lads I’ve got around have an unbelievable work ethic."
With the probability of Europa League football this season, Fulham are facing up to the possibility of playing over 50 games in all competitions this season. Murphy is confident he can cope with the potential rigors of so many matches though, and believes playing matches and training hard will hope him get stronger throughout the campaign.
"I’m feeling fitter and I’m still able to do the physical aspect of the game – which is what you’re fighting with when you get older," he continued.
"In terms of my ability, I’m fine with that. It’s going to be, as the years go on, about the physical demands of the games – especially this year if we do qualify for the group stages [of the Europa League].
"The main factor for me is when you’re playing week-in, week-out you’re going to get fitter than when you don’t play. Any player will tell you, whether you’re 21 or 31, if you’re playing games and training hard, your fitness will go up."