NRL: Cooper Cronk will be 35 when his contract with the Melbourne Storm ends in 2018, but he has not ruled out playing beyond that as he looks ahead to Sunday's NRL grand final.
Cronk, who won his second Dally M Medal after tying with Cowboys forward Jason Taumalolo on Wednesday night, signed a new deal in August and will play in his sixth grand final against the Sharks.
He said there was plenty still to achieve with the Storm, starting with a second premiership with the club.
"Retirement hasn't even crossed my mind,” he told NRL.com.
"If I stop getting excited two minutes before I'm about to play then that's when I'll know that it's time to give it away.
"I can stand here right now and be just as excited to run out to play as I was when I made my debut.
"As long as this feeling still exists I'll continue to pull on a rugby league jersey.”
In a warning to all NRL opponents, Cronk said he was still driven to succeed with the Storm and he was aiming to raise his game to even higher levels.
"There is still room for improvement and I know I can get better at certain things,” he said.
"I think the day that you feel content or satisfied in your ability is the day that you start going backwards.
"You always need to respect the game and the opposition you are coming up against.
"As long as you have that desire and want to get better then you'll continue to improve.
"I'll still be playing football at NRL level and beyond as long as this desire exists within me.”