Blackburn Rovers' caretaker boss Eric Black believes David Dunn still has plenty left in the tank and is far from a spent force.
Dunn has struggled with injuries throughout his career, denying him the opportunity to build on a promising opening which brought international recognition with England.
He is currently fit and raring to go, but has endured a frustrating opening to the 2012/13 campaign - making just one start and three substitute appearances.
Two of those outings have come since Black inherited the reins from the ousted Steve Kean, and he has attempted to play down reports suggesting Dunn could be about to leave on loan.
He said: "He's obviously coming towards the end of his career, whether that be in three or four or whatever years. He wants to play football and I can't criticise him for that.
"We'll just have to see how it unfolds. I can't guarantee Dunny that he's going to play football every week. He may well, but I can't guarantee that and he wants to play football. As far as I'm concerned he's a player here and let's see what happens.
"He's an experienced player, he's a Blackburn lad, he knows what it means to the people around here for the team to be doing well so that's an element I require in the dressing room. The longer I can keep that here, the better."