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Wilkinson's retirement not certain

30th January 2014 15:30


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Toulon fly-half Jonny Wilkinson admits his retirement at the end of this season is not set in stone and that he could play on.

The 34-year-old appeared destined to retire at the end of this season after winning the Heineken Cup last year.

Wilkinson will turn 35 in May, but when questioned by journalists about his expected retirement at the end of the current campaign his answer was ambiguous.

Toulon have used former Australia back Matt Giteau at fly-half plenty this season, with excellent goalkicker Leigh Halfpenny joining from Toulon later this year. However Wilkinson, adored in Toulon, remains a quality option.

"I'm surprised every day, because I'll never understand why people here support me the way they do. When Mourad [Boudjellal], who is responsible for where the club is today, says there will be more number 10 [if I retire], I'm honoured," Wilkinson told L'Equipe.

"I'm honoured to receive a compliment like that. I always wonder 'what would the perfect player do? He would do this and that' and I try to do better than him.

"The answer is always the same. I play, I play, I play... I'll try to improve and see how I can contribute to the team. If I can bring something to the club and if they want me to continue at the end of the season...

"That's why I prefer to work quietly.

"I cannot ask for everyone to wait for me, that wouldn't be right at all. I'll do my job during training, matches and I'll see how it goes.

"I'll make my decision at the end of season."

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