Peter Crouch admits retirement is an option as his short-term Burnley contract comes to an end.

The 38-year-old former England striker arrived at Turf Moor in January in a deal that saw Sam Vokes head in the opposite direction.

Crouch has been limited to just six substitute appearances for the Clarets, not helped by the need for an appendix operation, the last coming in the final-day 3-1 defeat against Arsenal.

Now the question is whether the popular frontman signs a new deal with Burnley, moves elsewhere or even calls time on a decorated career that has seen him score 22 goals for his country and play for Liverpool and Tottenham among others.

“I don’t know is the honest answer,” Crouch said.

“Everyone one I’ve spoken to who is fit and retired has regretted it.

“Everyone who has retired has told me to play on as long as I can.

“If I chose to play on I could because I feel fit and train every single day and touch wood haven’t had many injuries.

“Do I want to? There’s things that I could do that I’m quite enjoying.

“I’m going to sit down with the family and will probably get told what to do!

“I’ve been playing football every day for 23 years and it’s a long time.

“To wake up one morning and not have it would be hard.

“If given the opportunity maybe I’ll have a look at that but I really don’t know.”

As for the Clarets, he says both sides are taking their time to make the right decision.

“I have to sit down and work it out,” Crouch said.

“I still haven’t made a decision and the club haven’t made a decision with me.

“I had a little chat with the manager (Sean Dyche) the other day and we’ll just wait and see.

“I’ll take a look at it and I’m sure the club have got a few things to work out themselves.

“We’ll just have to see.”

Whether he stays or goes, Crouch is confident that the Clarets will be challenging at the right end of the Premier League table next season.

Dyche’s side finished the campaign 15th having flirted with a real relegation battle at one point.

“It’s a great club,” Crouch said.

“There are great lads here, a good manager and everything’s in place.

“They’ll be in the top 10 again next season I’m sure.

“They had a little bit of a scare in the first half of the season but I imagine next season they’ll have no problems at all.”