Former West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry has confirmed that he intends to keep playing for ‘at least one more season’ according to Sky Sports News.
Barry’s contract with the Baggies expired this summer although he is still training and having rehab at the Championship club in an effort to prove his fitness.
The former England international suffered a knee injury which required surgery towards the end of last season and subsequently missed the run in with West Brom. However, the 38-year-old remains as determined as ever to continue his playing career for another season.
“I haven’t really thought about coaching and I haven’t done my badges because I don’t want to take my eye off my playing career,” Barry told Sky Sports. “I think while you are still enjoying it, the motivation is there. I am still very competitive when I am out there training. The motivation comes easily for me and I have never found training hard work.”
The former Aston Villa man has won 53 England caps and his passion for the game has never dwindled. Pace is not something that has been associated with Barry’s game with his strengths being reading the game well and making good decisions with and without the ball.
For many games last season Barry was a pivotal cog in the Baggies midfield and offered an air of calm and composure to the side which was sadly lacking as they lost out in the play-off semi finals to Aston Villa.
Barry understands that his playing time is coming to an end but he would prefer to go out on a high. “Finishing on an injury is not the way I want to finish. Everyone says play as long as possible so if there is a chance that I can get back to a standard that I feel good at then why not give it a try?”