Doncaster Rovers Belles star Sue Smith considering her future in football

Sue Smith, who made 93 appearances for England, is considering her future in football.
Sue Smith, who made 93 appearances for England, is considering her future in football.
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Doncaster Rovers Belles star Sue Smith is considering her future in the game.

The 36-year-old former England international has taken a back seat from playing this year following the death of her father in February.

A calf injury also cut short her comeback in July.

“I’m at a stage now where I’ve got time to take a step back, think everything over and assess my future playing career in football,” Smith told Belles’ official website.

“I know I still have something to give.”

This year instead has seen Smith spend more time talking about the game - in her role as a television pundit.

“There’s nothing that can prepare you for losing a loved one and I was really close to my dad,” said Smith.

“It made me re-evaluate everything and, I didn’t fall out of love with football, it just wasn’t the main priority anymore – my family was.

“As my head wasn’t in the right place for playing football, I took some time away and threw myself into my work.

“I needed to take my mind off of it and my work really helped that.”

She added: “Everyone involved at the Belles have been fantastic with me this season and I’m thankful for that.

“It’s a great club to be a part of and I’ve made some wonderful friends here. The fans have been amazing too.”