Michael Duff insists that completing his pro-licence has been one of the best decisions of his career.
The Clarets defender is now a fully qualified coach after completing his badges in tandem with a stellar playing career.
And in an exclusive interview In the Boxing Day edition of Turf, he explained the rationale behind move that seems likely to keep the 36-year-old in the game... when he eventually hangs up his boots.
Duff, who is just two games short of his 350th appearance for the Clarets, said: “It was something that came about because of a bad injury I sustained in 2008.
“At the time I was told it was a career-ending injury so it was a bit of a panic of what do I do, so it was an eye opener.
“Looking back now it was probably the best thing that ever happened to me because I’ve managed to get it done while I’m still playing.
“When you get to 30 you can become a bit complacent. I came so close to losing it, that I appreciate it that little bit more. That's maybe why I’m still so hungry now.”
The full interview with Michael can be found in 'Turf', available from Turf Moor this Boxing Day, priced at £3.