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Menzies inspires in Super League

Steve Menzies has revealed the secret of longevity as he contemplates playing on beyond his 40th birthday.
Menzies inspires in Super League
by AAP

By Ian Laybourn

LONDON, June 18 PA - Steve Menzies has revealed the secret of longevity as he contemplates playing on beyond his 40th birthday.

The evergreen Australian is comfortably Super League's oldest player, having turned 39 last December, and is set to decide in the next few weeks whether to finally hang up his boots.

The Manly Sea Eagles all-time great was thought to be entering the twilight of his career when he arrived in Super League nearly five years ago.

But, after enjoying two successful years with Bradford, Menzies is now in his third season with Catalan Dragons and has become a trailblazer for Super League's golden oldies.

Jamie Peacock, 35, and former Sydney Roosters prop Adrian Morley, 36, have both pointed to the extraordinary feat of Menzies in opting to extend their own playing careers.

Menzies reckons he is just as fit now as he was when he arrived in Super League in 2008 and says ageing as a player is all in the mind.

"It used to be the case that, when you got to 33 or 34, you stopped playing but, as long as your mind is ready to go, most of the boys mentally can keep playing if they want to," he said.

"It's if your body has had a few too many bumps that slow you down. If it affects the way you train, it can affect the way you play.

"But I do 90 per cent of the training. Mondays are probably a bit light for me when the boys do a bit of a run-round.

"Other than that, I do whatever they do and wake up alright the next morning."

Menzies is ever-present for the Dragons this year and made his second appearance for the Exiles in last Friday's international game against England at Warrington, where he was one of the best players on the field despite the Exiles suffering a 30-10 loss.

He made it clear that was his final representative appearance and admits he is likely to make this season his last.

"I haven't made a decision but I'm probably leaning towards finishing," he said.

"I'm talking to the club at the moment. I'll decide what's best for me and what's best for them."

Menzies, who is living with his wife and two young children near the beach on the outskirts of Perpignan, had been tipped to cut his coaching teeth with the Catalans.

But he is more likely to return to a job with his beloved Sea Eagles, where he enjoys legendary status after making a total of 349 appearances and scoring 180 tries, which puts him second in the Australian all-time list behind winger Ken Irvine.

"I'll either play or go home," Menzies said. "I'd like to have some involvement in my old club.

"I'll see what they've got in mind and hopefully it will work out. I was born in the area and I'm passionate about the club."

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