‘I wouldn’t be sad to say “right that’s it, I’m done with playing”‘: Jack Wilshere hints at retirement following short spell in Denmark as former Arsenal star targets move into coaching
- Jack Wilshere is once again a free agent following a short spell at Aarhus
- The 30-year-old played 10 games while in the Danish top flight during 2022
- Former England international though has a burning desire to become a coach
- However, Wilshere still admits he is interested in resuming his playing career
Jack Wilshere has revealed he is prepared to call time on his career as he pursues ambitions to become a coach.
The former Arsenal star spent the second half of the 2021-22 campaign on loan at Danish top flight side Aarhus, playing 10 games in total.
But his short spell in Scandinavia has come to an end and the 30-year-old is once again looking for a new club as a free agent.
Jack Wilshere is keen on developing his coaching career and would consider retirement
Having been asked whether he wished to carry on playing, Wilshere admits he would accept a coaching role over continuing his playing career, depending on the scenario.
‘It all depends,’ Wilshere told reporters. ‘Because I’ve been through so much in the last 18 months in terms of not having a club, I know what that feels like.
‘If a coaching opportunity came up, I wouldn’t be sad to say “right that’s it, I’m done with playing”.
The 30-year-old has just finished a short stay at Danish top flight side Aarhus, playing 10 times
‘I’ve got a big desire to coach and become successful at that. You look at the managers who have been successful in the last five or six years, they started young. So I just think “why not?”‘
Although the ex-England midfielder has ambitions to reach his full potential as a coach, which he admits he didn’t as a player, Wilshere admitted he still has a desire to resume his playing career.
‘I have still got that bug [to continue playing],’ he added. ‘But I have said it so many times that it has to be right.
The ex-Arsenal star spent much of the winter training and coaching at his former club
Wilshere endured a largely frustrating campaign last time out having also spent much of it as a free agent having left Bournemouth at the end of the 2020-21 season.
The ex-Gunners star – who spent 10 years at the club after making his debut in 2008 – spent time training with the Premier League outfit during the winter in a bid to keep fit as well as start his progression to earning his coaching badges.
But he eventually joined Aarhus, starting five games before losing his place in the side for the final four games of the season.
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