West Ham United captain Mark Noble has revealed he intends to play on when he leaves the club at the end of next season.
But West Ham fans need not worry about Noble tarnishing his one club man reputation.
Because the Hammers midfielder is planning to play Sunday league football with his mates!
That’s according to the man himself in an interview with Planet Football.
Noble to carry on playing after leaving West Ham… in the Sunday league
Nobes says he wants to make up for lost time with friends who he has had to snub over the years for fear of injuring himself.
So the West Ham legend could be seen strutting his stuff for the Dog and Duck in one of the many Essex Sunday leagues the season after next.
“At the end of the day, it’s a game of football that we love and I think you should be playing as much football as you can,” West Ham’s record Premier League appearance holder told Planet Football.
“I’ll probably still play when I’m finished (at West Ham). I’d love to go and have a kickabout with my mates. I’ve never been able to do it because you’re always worried about getting injured because you’ve got training the next day or a big game on the Saturday.
‘After a career playing for 20 years, that will be enjoyable for me’
“But, for sure, when I finish I’ll enjoy having a kick around with my mates, going to the park and having a laugh, you know. And I think after having a career like I’ve had and playing for 20 years, that will be enjoyable for me.
“I’ve got my mates still playing for Sunday league teams. Some of them aren’t actually bad footballers. I’m looking forward to just being able to say, ‘You know what, I fancy a kick about.’
“I’m hoping I’ve still got that competitive edge even when I’m retired and I’m sure it never leaves you as a footballer.”
Brilliant attitude sums up why Hammers hero Nobes is so popular
If anything sums up why Noble is so popular – not just with West Ham fans but as a figure across the Premier League – it is this brilliant attitude towards the game we all love.
Although once word goes around who Noble is playing for, West Ham fans might well turn up en masse to get a glimpse of him again!
Noble is expected to be kept on at West Ham in an academy coaching capacity or ambassadorial role when he retires from professional football next season.
You can read Noble’s full brilliant interview on Planet Football.