The legendary Captain of Huddersfield Town, discusses his retirement and testimonial speech, as well as the one occasion when he almost left the club.

INDOMITABLE Jonathan Hogg, the captain of Huddersfield Town, has said that talks about a testimonial have started but that he still has a strong desire to continue playing for the Terriers for a number of years.

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The 34-year-old midfielder joined Town from Watford in the summer of 2013 and has been a pillar of the team at a crucial period in its history.

The incredibly athletic Teessider claims he has no immediate plans to retire.

He said: “I am in the last year of my contract. Who knows what happens. But I am not planning on stopping any time soon.

“We will see what happens. Fingers crossed, I can stay here for longer. But if not, you will be seeing me somewhere.”

He said, “There have been talks about testimonials. Although there is chatter in the background, I don’t believe there is anything substantial at this time.

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“I really want to do it and am extremely eager. I admitted to my wife that I didn’t really want to do it in the sense that, after you retire, it would be all about you.

“I was (then) thinking when I do retire and finish, I’ll kind of regret that I didn’t (have one earlier). I think I will do one and there’s things in the background going on.

“If I look back throughout my career, having spent ten plus years at a club and didn’t do a testimonial, which is quite rare these days, I’d be stupid not to.”

Wonderfully consistent and one of the first names on the teamsheet throughout his time at Town, Hogg has revealed that he did come close to leaving the club on one occasion.

He said: “I think there was once, yes. There was a time when I got a call and I think it was Burnley and they asked about me and the manager called me and said: ‘would I be interested?’. But nothing really came of it in the end.

“I’ve had offers, but I don’t think I could ever leave. This is what I am all about.

“I know the club inside and out and love the place, the town and fans and the club is just made for me.”

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