I’M THINKING of getting my boots out again!
Those of you who saw me play will no doubt be screaming ‘Nooo’!
I’m not being serious, of course, but if Scholes and Henry can come back then there’s hope for all of us.
The point it raises though is how well the modern player is looked after, especially physically.
In 2012, the moment a youngster joins a professional club’s academy he’ll be tutored not only in the skills of the game but also in how to look after himself.
Diet, nutrition, recovery, stretching, preparation, in fact the complete physical and mental approach to football will be covered.
It’s the one area of the modern game I’m hugely envious about.
I don’t have any problem with the financial rewards of the modern player, the vast majority of them fully deserve it.
But I hate the fact I probably never reached my full potential simply because I simply didn’t know how to look after myself properly.
We’d stretch a bit, train for a few hours then head to the canteen for a chip butty.
A shower, perhaps a trip to the bookies and a lunchtime pint or maybe a game of snooker.
Whichever way you look at it, it wasn’t exactly a scientific approach, but that was the day we lived in.
During my time in Hong Kong I went to university and enrolled for a sports science degree.
As I approached 30 I finally learnt how to prepare as an athlete, how to be the best I could possibly be physically.
I studied with great interest for three years and I have to say it was like being able to see after been blindfolded.
Sadly for me it was all to late. My legs gave in when I was 32, and then my Achilles/calf joint ruptured and that was it.
I had a very fulfilling career and loved every minute of it. But when I see the oldies coming back I do wish I’d had the knowledge required to be a better pro.