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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 May, 2003, 06:29 GMT 07:29 UK
Winterburn considers options
By Andrew McKenzie

Veteran defender Nigel Winterburn has admitted he may not be ready to hang up his boots.

Nigel Winterburn
Winterburn was released by West Ham

The 39-year-old was released by West Ham at the end of the season.

He has not played for the club since the beginning of February and was expected to retire after a trophy-laden 20-year career in the game.

But the former Wimbledon and Arsenal left-back said he is still weighing up his options.

"I've not really decided what I'm going to do yet," he told this website. "I need to go away and think about it.

"If a club comes in for me in the meantime I'll consider that. The problem is that realistically I'll need to drop down into the First Division and with the financial state of most clubs I think it is going to be difficult to get a club.

"I don't really know at this moment in time whether I want to be playing for a club that is struggling to stay in the first division.

I didn't leave with any animosity, I left on good terms
Nigel Winterburn

"If everything was right and it was a decent club then I'd consider it, but at the moment I've not sat down with the family and discussed some other things we have lined up so we haven't made a definite decision yet.

"So I've got a few decisions to make before anything happens."

Winterburn was one of 10 senior players to be released by the Hammers after they were relegated, but it was news he was expecting.

"I knew that more or less I would not be kept on because I'd been speaking to Glenn Roeder throughout the season so it was not a shock to me," he added.

"I didn't leave with any animosity, I left on good terms."

But Winterburn has ruled out a move into coaching should he decide against resuming his playing career.

"I don't really like that side of it so I think I'll keep away," he added.

"I've been doing a bit of radio work and enjoyed that and I've got a few things outside football so I've got enough things to keep me busy for the moment."


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