Archie: I want to play a few more years

Melbourne Victory veteran Archie Thompson says he has no thoughts of retirement and believes he can still play for a few more years.

The 36-year-old Victory foundation member inked a one-year deal with the club in May, downgrading his contract from Australian marquee status.

There had been some speculation Thompson may call it quits prior to penning the contract earlier this year and with Besart Berisha’s impending arrival.

But Thompson has played all seven of Victory’s A-League matches this season, scoring three times, and is optimistic about his future.

“No way, I’m loving it,” Thompson told FourFourTwo when asked about retirement.

“Everyone talks about ‘you should be retiring’, but I don’t want to be pushed, I want to do it myself.

“I don’t want to go out too early. I feel like I can play still a couple of good years and at a good level.

“I want to end my career at Melbourne Victory. If I can keep performing and showing my worth (then I’ll stay). I want to stay as long as possible.”

Thompson has started six of Victory’s seven A-League matches this term, substituted off on three occasions, but said his body was feeling good.

“I’m feeling really good, I’m still competing well and running rings around 18-year-olds at training,” Thompson laughed.

“I obviously want to play as much football as I can this year. I’ve come to the twilight of my career, so I just want to be out on the pitch.

“There’s so much quality and depth in the squad, in the past I’ve been straight into the starting line-up, but this year it’s harder and tougher with my body, my age and the players we’ve got.

“But I’m upbeat with how I’m performing. My body is holding up great. I can’t ask much more from a 36-year-old body which has been through the grinder.”

Thompson, who is the A-League’s all-time leading scorer, said he was particularly enjoying his football with the end in sight.

The 54-time Socceroo said being on a one-year contract was an incentive to perform in order to win a new deal, as well as his hunger to win more silverware before he hangs up the boots. Victory hasn’t won any major trophies since 2009.

“I think you enjoy it more when you’re coming towards the end,” Thompson said.

“You take it for granted a bit until you realize it is coming towards the end. I want to enjoy it and play in a successful team, which I think we’ve got.”