Sheffield Wednesday: Gardner lines up comeback bid

Anthony Gardner has attracted interest
Anthony Gardner has attracted interest
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Wednesday’s former captain Anthony Gardner is facing up to the task of relaunching his career.

The 33-year-old admits that he may retire if he is unable to carry on playing at a high enough level.

But if his rehabilitation from a serious Achilles tendon injury continues to go to plan then he is confident that he can make a full comeback.

There has already been interest in him from clubs in this country and abroad after his release was announced by the Owls. “I’m probably a month away from full fitness,” the centre half told The Star. “This season is done so I’m going to take a break but also work on my rehab and get myself back in the shape that I need to be in.”

He is running again and kicking a ball and gradually building up his work.

Gardner added: “There’s a bit of interest, here and from overseas. As long as I’m fit and can still play to a certain level, then there’ll be interest, because of my experience.

“It boils down to, firstly, do I want to carry on? If I can’t do a job at the level I’ve been used to, the Championship, at least, then I’ll probably stop. “But I have a desire to carry on. You have to weight up your options, see what comes up. I’m confident that I’m going to be good and have something to offer, even if it’s for a year. When you get to 33, you take it year by year.

“I love the game still. It’s all down to my fitness. If it’s good and I get a pre-season in, I know I can can back to the right level for this league.

“It’s a shame I couldn’t stay but obviously the club will have their own views on me as a player, and financially maybe I didn’t fit into their plans. I just thank them for giving me the opportunity to play for a club like that.”