Cueto ponders prolonging his Sale career
August 22, 2013
Former England winger Mark Cueto has revealed he nearly quit the game at the end of last season.
Cueto has one more year on his current Sale Sharks contract and has admitted he may play on beyond the end of this season if he feels his body is up to it. But Cueto, who is the Aviva Premiership's all-time record try-scorer, conceded he contemplated calling time on his professional rugby career.
"I'm so happy I've got this extra year," Cueto told BBC Radio Manchester. "If my contract had been up at the end of last season, with the way I felt and after the year we'd had, I'd have knocked it on the head. I remember this time last year and I couldn't kneel on the ground for my [pre-season] photo because my knee was that sore. I carried it all last season and, because you're turning out week-in and week-out, people don't realise where you're at."
But Cueto may play on beyond the end of this season, adding: "We had six weeks off and that's probably the longest rest I've been able to give my body since I started. Then I've done eight or nine weeks of pre-season, which has been brilliant. I feel as good as I have for a long time. If the season goes well, my body feels good and I feel I can contribute at the right level, I'll potentially look at another year."
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