Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler says he could play on for another three years, by which time he would be nearing 40, before turning to coaching. Fowler, who will play for Perth Glory in next season's Australian A-League after switching from North Queensland Fury, declared he was far from finished as a player.
"I still consider myself young, even though I'm not," the 35-year-old former England international striker. "I love the game and I want to play for as long as I can. I want to go down that coaching (path) but let me just go out and play first. I think I have got one, two, maybe three years playing. (Coaching) is what I want to do in the end, but I think I have got a few more years before I am up for that."
Fowler was released from the second year of his contract with North Queensland after the club hit financial strife at the end of last season. "I am confident with what I can do, and the (Perth) team had a great season last year," he said. "So I am on board and hopefully I can try and better the team. That is the aim."
Glory coach Dave Mitchell said Fowler, who scored nine goals for Fury last season, would play a vital part in Perth's title charge. "He's going to add that little bit of special, that X-factor that we may have been missing," Mitchell said.
Fowler will play his first game for Perth against his old club North Queensland on 6 August. The former Liverpool star scored 120 goals in 236 league appearances for the Reds. He also played for Leeds United, Manchester City, Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers before heading to play in Australia.