'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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