The ex-pros that could consider following Britton in joining Welsh Premier League
It was announced earlier today that Leon Britton, who made over 500 appearances for Swansea City, is to link up with Welsh Premier League side Llanelli Town AFC.
The move, it’s hoped, will lead to more ex-professionals deciding to ply their trade in the top flight of Welsh football.
We give some suggestions on players who could consider moving to the Welsh pyramid.
The former Cardiff City midfield maestro has been without a club since leaving Blackburn Rovers at the end of August.
The 34-year-old has said that he is looking for a new club, after failing to make his mark with the Ewood Park side.
Whittingham, who is ninth on Cardiff City’s list of all-time appearances (413), is based in South Wales – meaning a move to a nearby top-flight side could work out logistically.
Netting 98 goals in his professional career, including a host of memorable free-kicks, the Englishman would be a welcome addition to any team in top flight.
Granted, it would be unlikely to see Whittingham in Welsh football. However you feel at this stage of his career, the former Bluebird will be happy just to play football.
The 31-year-old hung up his boots following his departure from Indian Super League side ATK in July, however Britton has shown that new opportunities can always present themselves.
Cardiff-born Cotterill played for a host of well-known English League sides in his career, making over 400 appearances in leagues which include: the Premier League, the Championship and League One.
After making his international debut in 2005, Cotterill won 24 caps for Wales, netting on two occasions.
Best-known for his spell with Championship side Birmingham City, where he made 103 appearances, the winger could see a move to a Premier League side as an opportunity to enjoy his football again; something which Britton has done.
The former Welsh international retired from football in July of 2017, after a two-year spell with Bristol Rovers; where he made 68 appearances.
After creeping into the second half of his 30’s in January last year, the 36-year-old could be tempted to join a side in the top flight.
Fellow strikers such as Lee Trundle have shown that it is possible to compete towards the top tier of Welsh football late in your 30’s. Trundle, who is now 42, scored a hatful of goals for Llanelli in Welsh Football League Division One last season; and you feel that Easter, who is six years younger, could contribute in a similar way.
Easter, who won 12 caps for Wales, played for teams including Hartlepool United, Wycombe Wanderers, Milton Keynes Dons and Crystal Palace.
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