Alan Lee explains to the Club website that coaching is the future for him but he's ready to help out Town if needed by the Boss
Alan Lee has told the Club website that he is fit and ready to play his part for Town, if called upon by manager Mick McCarthy.
The former Republic of Ireland international returned to Portman Road this summer to gain coaching experience with the Town Academy, but has since been registered as a player in case cover is needed for the Blues’ frontline.
Although insisting that coaching is the long-term future for him, the striker, who first joined Town in 2006, believes he still has something to offer on the pitch.
“I was contemplating retiring after leaving Huddersfield but I’m delighted that I didn’t and I’m fit and ready if the manager needs to call upon me,” Alan told Town’s official YouTube channel.
“I had come to the end of my contract at Huddersfield and all the options I had would have meant moving my family, who are all settled living in Suffolk
“So I wanted to stay in the area and I was presented with the chance to come and get some coaching experience with the Academy here and I grabbed at the opportunity.
“I’ve been training with the first-team though and keeping myself fit and the manager has registered me as a player, in case the cover is needed.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to learn as a coach but I’m also keeping myself fit in case I’m needed in the team, as I think I could perhaps offer something a little bit different to the other strikers.”
The striker will wear number 29 for the Blues this season.
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