DW Stadium

Next Game

Wigan v Blackpool

Saturday, 26 April 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Turf Moor

Last Game

Burnley 2 - 0 Wigan

Monday, 21 April 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Edwards won't rethink decision

Former Wolves, Blackpool and Barnsley defender Rob Edwards insists there is no chance of him changing his mind over his retirement.

Last Updated: 18/10/13 at 12:07 Post Comment   

Rob Edwards: Announced retirement last week

Rob Edwards: Announced retirement last week

Edwards announced last week that he had decided to call time on a playing career which saw him make over 200 appearances for nine clubs.

He told this week's Football League Hour on Sky Sports News Radio that he would have continued playing had he received an offer over the summer, but he is now focused on a new career.

"I've made the decision and I'm focused now," Edwards said. "I know what I want to achieve so I'm looking forward to it and I don't want to look too much in the past.

"I've not had offers (to continue playing) and if I had have done I would have still been playing because I would have gone for it.

"So (the decision to retire) has been two-fold: my body not being able to keep going and at the same time there not being anything out there.

"I was hoping to get something sorted at Blackpool, but things didn't work out. I was injured for most of my time there this pre-season."

Edwards admits the fact that he has been without a club since the start of the season made his decision to hang up his boots a little easier.

"Because I've not managed to get anything sorted with a club I've been able to come to terms with it a little bit quicker," he said.

"People look at the games I've played in the last couple of years, nine games last year, and 17 or 18 the year before. I've got to be honest with myself. I know my body. It can't cope with the demands of the game now.

"I still love football but I think I could be better and give more in another capacity."

Edwards' former Barnsley team-mate Luke Steele, who revealed he had tried to persuade the 30-year-old to rethink his decision, said he was "saddened" by the news.

"Everybody gets on with Rob so well and I've never known anyone so liked within the game, and that's players, fans, coaches," Steele said.

"Someone you see working so hard who obviously has a lot of talent retiring at 30; it's young. But Rob has lots to give and he's going to be a good coach in the future if that's what he wants to do."

Steele also revealed that he is close to a return having missed four weeks with a back injury.

"The back's still quite sore but I'm slowly making improvement," he said. "One of the main concerns is that when I was 18 or 19 I had a bad back injury at Man United so I think they (Barnsley) are taking precautions.

"But it's nothing too serious now so hopefully I'm the road to recovery and it shouldn't be too long."

Wigan captain Gary Caldwell is also on the show and reveals he has already started planning his retirement, while Preston striker Kevin Davies, Cheltenham striker Jamie Cureton, on-loan Millwall midfielder Shaun Derry and Plymouth defender Guy Branston have the latest news on their clubs.

Listen to this week's full Football League Hour via the Soundcloud player.

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

hy don't you call in Becks as well...and we will all have a lovely tea party!

kimosabi
United: Scholes helping out

M

ourinho is just a good-looking version of Allardyce (Fit Sam?). Clearly 19th century football isn't such a big deal after all?

Ezy_Rider
Chelsea Killed The Game Instead Of Playing It

S

tay put, Pep. Timothy Sherwood has this under control.

slowgraffiti
Guardiola plans Bayern stay

Footer 365

Europa League: Lima's late winner gives Benfica 2-1 victory in semi-final first-leg

Substitute Lima struck late to help Benfica to a 2-1 victory over Juventus in their Europa League semi-final first-leg.

Nicky Butt proud to be assisting Manchester United's temporary boss Ryan Giggs

Nicky Butt says he is immensely proud to be assisting Manchester United's temporary manager Ryan Giggs.

Europa League: Sevilla secure first leg lead in all-Spanish clash with Valencia

Sevilla toppled La Liga rivals Valencia in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final to claim a 2-0 advantage.

Mail Box

Guardiola Is No Better Than Moyes...

At least he wasn't in Bayern's defeat to Real Madrid, says one chap in the mailbox. Plus, more excitement over Van Gaal at Man United and thoughts on FFP...

Man United Fans Excited By Van Gaal Talk

Man United fans know who they want to replace David Moyes, with Louis van Gaal the favourite to take over at Old Trafford. Plus, thoughts on Real Madrid v Bayern Munich...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property