Doncaster Rovers Belles star Sue Smith considering her future in football

Doncaster Rovers Belles star Sue Smith is considering her future in the game.

Thursday, 3rd November 2016, 5:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:01 pm
Sue Smith, who made 93 appearances for England, is considering her future in football.

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.

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“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.”