Michael Owen says he does not want to retire just yet but insists he won't be hanging around anywhere he is not wanted.
"I love football and I love playing football, but I certainly won't be one of those players that drops down levels and all the rest of it," Owen told Sky Sports News HD.
"I would like to bow out when I'm in reasonably good shape and on top of my game.
"We all know age catches up with everyone and I know as well as anyone that I was twice the player at 18, 19, 20 than maybe I am now.
"But the manager thinks I'm still good enough to play a part in the team and more importantly I feel I am still capable of contributing to the team.
"My career will probably last two, three, maybe four more years but that's it."