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Casey has fortitude to carry on at 40; Midland legend Kim Casey has his sights set on some silverware this season.

Veteran striker Kim Casey will be relishing the opportunity to prove football life definitely continues at 40.

The Moor Green player-coach, one of non-League football's most prolific marksmen, admits that he always intended to keep playing until his 40th birthday - and he reaches that landmark today.

Ironically, he is likely to be in charge of Moors' match against Welling United at the Moorlands this afternoon along with Doug Griffiths, since manager Bob Faulkner is suffering with a virus.

But Casey is not about to hang up his boots just yet. The former Kidderminster Harriers legend, who also played for Cheltenham Town, AP Leamington, Sutton Town and Solihull Borough, considers himself to be part of the squad and the exit of Mark Shepherd to Worcester City could open the playing door again.

Richard Robinson, Jae Martin, plus Neil Beagan, will all be in contention to partner Derek Hall but Casey wants to push his claims.

Apart from Moors' push for the top five in their first year back in the Premier, they are also chasing silverware after reaching two county cup semi-finals and Casey would love to figure.

He would savour a sentimental return to Kidderminster for the Worcestershire Senior Cup semi, while Moors also entertain holders Birmingham City in the last four of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

'I always said I want to keep playing football until I was 40,' said Casey. 'I've reached that landmark now, so I've got a dilemma.

'I have only played half-a-dozen games in the last season because the team has been doing really well. They have kept me out of the side, but with the cups coming up I would love to get my boots on again.'

Casey's long-term future in the game, however, will be in coaching or management. Having played at the highest level, his ambition is to now coach or manage at the top.
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Title Annotation:Football
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Mar 3, 2001
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