Retirement on the cards for Collingwood?

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“I have one year left on my contract and I would have thought that would be it after that”

Former England all-rounder and current Durham captain Paul Collingwood has hinted that he may retire from all forms of cricket when his contract with the county expires at the end of next season.

Collingwood led Durham to County Championship glory this past season and is hoping to make it back-to-back wins before he calls it quits.

“I am enjoying myself; I have one year left on my contract and I would have thought that would be it after that,” he told the ECB website.

Collingwood revealed that he would consider going into punditry or coaching when he retires.

“I have enjoyed the TV stuff more than I thought I would,” he said. “I quite enjoy providing in-depth analysis.

“Coaching is always the role I have always fancied but you have got to experience it, which is why I am doing this job (with Scotland) through the winter.”

The 37-year-old also admitted that this year’s County Championship triumph meant more to him than when Durham won it in 2008 and 2009 since he actually represented the county in almost every match instead of just a handful of games due to the international commitments he used to have.

“It was, yeah,” he said. “Obviously being captain and having so many homegrown players, too, was great.

“I know every team tells you when you’re winning that there is good camaraderie and all that sort of stuff, but there was a real cohesion in the team.

“We went through some hard times and adversity with Geoff Cook’s illness (the Director of Cricket suffered a heart attack). Every single game we seemed to have an injury or lose a player.

“There was a long list of things throughout the season that just seemed to gel the team more together really.

“Once we got the momentum and the confidence it was hard stopping us. Whatever the situation, we just seemed to find a way to win. It was a really special achievement this summer.”

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