By Wayne Veysey

11th Sep, 2019 | 11:01am

'Villa would be a great way to end' - Exclusive: Promotion hero ready to retire


Alan Hutton has revealed he is “contemplating retirement” after snubbing summer offers following his Aston Villa exit.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the full-back, 34, explained how he is ready to call time on his playing days and pursue a new career as a pundit.

Hutton has been a free agent since his Villa contract ended in June, just a few weeks after he played an integral role in the club’s promotion to the Premier League.

Asked by Football Insider what the future holds for him, Hutton said: “Well, I’m contemplating retirement at the moment. I’ve had offers and stuff but it’s not been quite right, my family’s settled in Birmingham so I don’t really feel the need at my age, at 34, still relatively young, to be away from the family for six nights a week.

“I’m going to take my time, I’m still keeping myself fit, I’m going to the gym and trying to do as much as I can but I’ll dip in my toe into the media side of stuff and see how it progresses. I’m quite easy, so we’ll see how it goes.

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Hutton made 50 appearances for Scotland in a career that began at Rangers and included distinguished spell at English big hitters Tottenham and Villa.

He was a key player for the Midlands giants, making 34 appearances, all of them starts, in the successful promotion campaign.

Asked if he’s happy with the career he’s had, Hutton replied: “Definitely, from a boy just growing up with a dream living in Glasgow to achieving some of the stuff I’ve done – even the Hall of Fame for Scotland, playing in the Premier League – it’s been brilliant, it’s been unbelievable.

“To end on a high, if I am to end my career, to have went up with Villa, through the playoffs, would be a great way to end.”

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