Sharpshooter Oscar Forman says retirement from the sport was never an option as veteran forward put pen to paper on a new one-year deal with the Illawarra Hawks on Friday.
The 35-year-old will get the chance to crack 500 NBL games after signing for his eighth season with the foundation club.
“It was always my plan to play on,” Forman, who is awaiting the birth of his first child with partner Gaia, said.
“I never indicated at all that I was going to retire this year.
“I don’t really believe in age is what signifies an end of career; I think it’s your performance and it’s your body.
“I think I keep in pretty good nick and I think I still perform where I can give something to the team.”
One of the NBL’s greatest ever shooters, Forman continued to play a valuable role for the Hawks during the club’s outstanding 2016-17 campaign.
His addition comes a fortnight after Tim Coenraad re-signed for Rob Beveridge’s team.
It means Illawarra have now signed every Australian member of last season’s squad, with imports Marvelle Harris and Michael Holyfield the only players to leave the club.