Paul Ince's encouraging form since the turn of the year appears to have persuaded him that he's capable of carrying on for a fourth and final season with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
After an injury- hit autumn, coupled with the bad atmosphere around Molineux in the lead-up to the sacking of Dave Jones on November 1, it had appeared unlikely that Ince would see this season out.
But the way Ince has rolled back the years since returning from injury in early January seems to have altered his long-term planning.
Ince, whose future intentions have previously been limited to admitting that he covets some sort of coaching role at Molineux, has now given a clear pointer to the fact that he is looking to play on next term.
Along with his old England colleague Teddy Sheringham, Ince's form has been acknowledged by his earning of a place in a line-up, voted for by fans, of the '50 Best Players outside The Premiership', published in FourFourTwo magazine's April issue.
And, on hearing of his place on that list, he has confounded expectations by telling the magazine: "I'll probably look at next season as my last.
"At the moment, I feel OK. And I want to play for as long as I can. I still love the game."
Ince was the only Wolves player on the list, the only other Midland-based player being young on-loan Coventry City keeper Luke Steele, who lost his place earlier this month to Ian Bennett.