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Alexander happy just playing

Veteran midfielder not giving any thought to life after retirement

By Chris Galea.   Last Updated: 08/09/11 5:18pm

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Experienced Preston midfielder Graham Alexander insists he is enjoying his football far too much to worry about life after he retires.

The 39-year-old equalled Tony Ford's record of 1,000 outfield appearances in English football last season and has played almost every minute since returning to Deepdale from local rivals Burnley this summer.

However, despite leaving a coaching role at Turf Moor to play regular football, the ball-winning veteran told skysports.com that he is in no rush to hang up his boots just yet.

Alexander, who is among the nominees for August's League One Player of the Month said: "It is just playing at the moment, but there wasn't anything there for me at Burnley, so to come back to Preston was absolutely fantastic because I had such a great time here before.

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"Even if I hadn't been here before a club like Preston would definitely appeal to me because of the fanbase and the setup here is excellent.

"I'm more than happy with just a playing role at the moment, though.

"I think that I'm coming to the later stages of my career now and it is something that I've been planning for by getting my coaching badges sorted, but there's no rush.

"Whilst I'm playing and feeling fit it is the best job in the world, so there's no rush to jump into the other side.

"I'm enjoying myself too much to do that, but in the future that is definitely something I will look to get back into."

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