Steve Sidwell, the former midfielder for Brighton has announced his retirement and has taken up the role of the youth development coach and the ambassador of the club. He left Brighton in June given his prolonged injuries of the back and the ankle and missed out on the debut Premier League of the club.
Steve Sidwell had previously played for a wide range of clubs which includes Fulham, Stoke, Aston Villa, Chelsea and Reading. The 35-year-old said that he will look to combine his media commitments with his new roles at the Seagulls.
He said that he feels lucky to have lived the dream of playing football for a living. Sidwell will now be seen assisting the coaching given to the Under 16 team. He will also be the ambassador of the club during matches and other events.
The career of Steve Sidwell
In his senior career, he has made a total of 425 appearances in which he scored on 57 occasions. His career started with Arsenal after winning two FA Youth Cups from where he went to Brentford on Loan.
He made only 15 appearances for Chelsea between 2007 and 2008. While he has represented Fulham in 92 games between 2011 and 2014. Between 2008 and 2011 he also made 45 appearances for Aston Villa after featuring in 132 games for Reading where he enjoyed his longest stay.
He has also represented England in Under 20 and Under 21 national teams.
The central midfielder is excited about his new roles at the club and it remains to be seen as to how his new stint with the club goes.