Craig Gillies hopes to prolong what is already one of the longest careers in the Premiership by at least another year.

The Worcester second row is out of contract at the end of the season but has revealed to the Birmingham Post that he has no intention of calling it a day.

At 36 the lineout specialist is one of the oldest players in the top flight and with 191 Premiership appearances to his name he is also one of the most experienced.

And he feels he still has plenty to offer and, while there are no commitments on either side at this stage, he has held informal discussions with head coach Richard Hill about doing just that.

"I would like to continue," Gillies said. "I don't feel ready to finish just yet. I don't know how long it will be before I do finish but I would certainly like to continue and ideally at Worcester.

"It is a club I have been at for a long time now, I feel a good deal of loyalty because I have been here for so long and through so many ups and downs.

"It wouldn't feel quite right being somewhere else but you never know what happens in the future, you can't rule anything out."

It is, though, virtually impossible to imagine Gillies's huge 6ft 8ins frame clad in anything other than the Blue and Gold of Worcester.

The totemic lock has been a Warriors mainstay since he joined from Llanelli in 2002.

In the intervening years he has featured in two promotion teams and whilst some coaches might have wanted to shunt him aside, his expertise at the set-piece has always kept him an important cog in the Worcester forwards' machine.

Perhaps that influence has begun to wane this season though. He did not start a league match until a month ago, when perversely the lineout was as poor as it has ever been in his tenure.

"It has been difficult," Gillies admitted. "As a player I have been around the block enough to know I am pushing on a bit in terms of age.

"But I still have that competitive edge to want to be out there as first choice. You work hard in pre-season to put your hand up for selection and when it did not go my way for a few weeks I was pretty miserable about it.

"I don't enjoy not being first choice, I have experienced it before but not any extended periods so I had a chat with the coaches about where I was and what they needed me to do and they were very positive with me.

"It's the nature of sportsmen, everyone wants to be in the team and starting. If you accept you are just a back up to someone else you are almost on that slippery slope to admitting you have lost the desire to compete.

"At whatever age I want to consider myself a contender for first choice, I am a bit in denial that I am 36, I think I am 26 because I go out there, run around, do the training that everyone else does.

"It doesn't matter to me if you are 19 or 36, if you do the work you merit your place." And perhaps another contract as well.