Simon Jones insists he will not be forced into quitting the game after another injury setback ruled him out for the rest of Worcestershire's domestic campaign.
The former England paceman, who performed heroics in the 2005 Ashes, has barely played since then due to an ongoing knee problem.
Recent scans have revealed that he still needs much longer to recover from last year's surgery, ruling him out for the rest of the domestic season.
Out of contract in the summer, Jones is hopeful he will eventually make a full comeback.
Refusing to quit despite his constant setbacks, the former Glamorgan player is targeting a return next season.
"I am devastated but I always take the positives out of a negative and the good thing is the cartilage is in really good nick and just the bone underneath needs a little more time," he said
"Until recently I was hoping to play before the end of the season but unfortunately it is not going to happen. There is nothing we can do about that.
"I've now just got to look forward to next season, get myself in good shape over the winter and see what happens."
Adamant he will not be forced into hanging up his spikes, he said: "This isn't career-threatening. I've had a good chat with Ben Langley (the Worcestershire physio) and the surgeon and they are really happy with the progress of my knee.
"It is just a matter of giving it a bit more time and the knee will be fine."
Jones enjoyed a successful season after joining Worcestershire last year from Glamorgan.
Claiming 42 wickets last term, he contributed hugely towards the club's promotion to Division One of the LV County Championship.
Asked about his future with the Royals, he said: "I've had no talks with the club. They are going to have a think about what they want to do.
"I am just going to go home over the weekend, spend time with the family and not think about it. I am going to try and relax and I am sure we will be chatting next week.
"If Worcestershire offer me something, I would be happy to stay. I love it here at Worcester. It is a great club, a great bunch of lads."