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Great news! Peter Stringer says he has no intention of calling it a day at the end of the year

Stringer’s contract wasn’t renewed by Bath but the scrum-half is looking at options for next season.

Stringer has been at Bath since 2013.
Stringer has been at Bath since 2013.
Image: Inpho/Billy Stickland

IRISH RUGBY’S FITTEST 37-year-old isn’t going anywhere just yet as despite not having been offered a contract renewal by Bath, Peter Stringer wants to continue playing rugby next season.

Stringer hasn’t gotten a whole lot of game time there this season but when he has played – like the away Champions Cup clash with Montpellier – he has shown that he can definitely still offer a team lightning quick service.

Stringer doesn’t know where he will be playing next year but is certainly looking forward to the next step in his long career.

“I suppose this season has been frustrating to an extent that I have not had much game time, but ultimately I still feel I can contribute at this level and have more to offer,” Stringer said.

“My agent is talking to a few different clubs so it is just weighing up what is right for me and my fiancé and seeing where we want to be and what we want to do. Ultimately there are a lot of factors that you have to take into account but I would hope to make a decision in the next couple of weeks. You don’t want it dragging on any longer; you want to be sure of what you are doing next year.”

Leinster coach Matt O’Connor was recently asked about signing Stringer since Leinster will likely be missing two scrum-halves during the World Cup period, with the Australian saying it was something he might look into.

Donncha O’Callaghan also said he would welcome his former team-mate back at Munster and would give him a ten-year deal.

Stringer says he would love to play with his home province once again but admits that a return is unlikely.

“Obviously, it is an option but Munster have re-signed guys so at this stage it is very unlikely,” Stringer said.

“I read Donncha’s piece and in an ideal world it would be something nice, but certainly I have other options to get the most out of the remaining years of my career.”

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