Terry mulls retiring in style at 36

May 16, 2017
Chelsea's John Terry celebrates scoring a goal during the English Premier League match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge stadium in London,yesterday.

LONDON (AP):

Scrambling in his first Chelsea goal in 485 days.

Blundering to gift an equaliser less than two minutes later.

If this is how John Terry's 22-year association with Chelsea ends, it was a memorable sign-off against Watford on Monday. Not perfection, but that wouldn't be in keeping with the 36-year-old defender's career of dizzying highs and notorious lows.

And by next week, this stalwart of English soccer could be hanging up his boots for good, rather than searching for one final challenge away from Chelsea.

"I know I said I wanted to play regular football," Terry said after the newly crowned English champions' 4-3 victory over Watford, "but I have not ruled out Sunday being my last game and retiring.

"It depends if the right offer comes along. I will sit and consider it with my family, whether it's here or abroad. But, genuinely, I haven't made any decisions yet."

He's had much time to think about his next steps from the bench this season.

"I never wanted to be that player just hanging about that people can't wait to get rid of or stopping the progress of a younger player coming through," Terry said.

 

BIGGEST OPPONENT

 

Only with the Premier League title already sealed was Terry restored to the heart of a defence he commanded for so many seasons, before age finally proved his greatest opponent. He was back on the field wearing the captain's armband from kick-off for the first time in the league in eight months.

Terry wasn't going to waste his moment back in the Stamford Bridge spotlight, and he wasn't going to miss an opportunity to make it 17 consecutive top-flight seasons with a goal.

Not when it could be his last appearance, unless he keeps his place for Sunday's league finale against Sunderland, when Terry will lift the Premier League trophy for the fifth time.

Other Sports Stories