Blue Square Bet
Published 13th May 2012
.....Square Bet South club Tonbridge Angels` defender says that couldn't be further from the truth.
The 35-year-old says he is still loving the game and all the time he is wanted, and playing, at the Longmead, he will continue to dust off his boots on a Saturday afternoon.
"I won't even think about retirement, not unless I'm playing less than twenty games and really struggling," Judge said. "I think there were only two games I was unavailable for through fitness. There were a couple towards the end of the season where I might not have played had the squad been big enough. But I played forty games and I was still able to train with the rest of the lads. I'm not going to be one of those players who just turns up on a Saturday.
“I'm 35 now and Tommy has said he might try to look after me a bit more next year. But I don't think it's time to stop just yet - I'd like to think I've got another couple of years left."
Judge has enjoyed another outstanding season at Angels. He started the campaign alongside youngster Sonny Miles at centre back, but finished the season next to new signing Ollie Schultz, with Miles being shifted to right-back. The three of them are set to vie for two positions next season.
"After three or four times of playing with him, I knew there was something about him," Judge said of Miles. "He hardly misses anything in the air and has an arrogance about him. He deserves a lot of credit and has really come of age. If it wasn't for Frannie Collin he would have got player of the year." Judge added: "Ollie came in and I didn't know too much about him. But the Dover boys said he was a good player and from day one I don't think he has put a foot wrong. He is an accomplished player and we've got three of us there fighting for two spots now."
Judge believes the future is a bright one at Angels. "Over the years the people who have kept their squad together for three or four years are only going to go one way. You are only going to improve. That is what Tommy is looking to do.
"We want to try and beat the ninth place and if we do that, we won't be too far from the play-offs."