Kevin Phillips to extend his playing career?

Kevin Phillips
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Kevin Phillips hints that he may shelve his plans to retire from football at the end of the season.

Crystal Palace striker Kevin Phillips has hinted that he will put his retirement plans on hold.

The 39-year-old, who moved to Selhurst Park from Blackpool on loan in January, announced last year that he intended to quit football once his contract with the Tangerines expires at the end of this season.

However, since joining Ian Holloway's promotion-chasing side, Phillips has admitted that he may prolong his playing career.

"Coming here at this particular time has given me a huge lease of life," he told the London Evening Standard.

"Of course I have thought about [playing next season]. I have got the bit between my teeth again. Perhaps I faded a little bit at Blackpool but I have come here for a new challenge.

"I won't make a decision on my career until late April."

Phillips has made two appearances for Palace, scoring once.

Crystal Palace's Kevin Phillips scores heis side's equalising goal against Watford on February 8, 2013
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