Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot could still have a big role to play at the club, if they offer him a coaching role when his current contract expires in the summer.
The Irish stopper spoke to the Chronicle about his frustration at training daily, but not having a game to look forward to, with him now regarded very much as the third choice senior goalkeeper.
Although he is obviously disappointed, he still does not complain, and never does, with him always behaving like the exemplary professional that he is.
That is why Elliot should not be jettisoned when his deal ends, as he would make a valuable contribution as a coach at Newcastle.
He has set up his coaching school with some other Newcastle players, which holds sessions for local children in the community during school holidays.
That alone proves how great a mentor he is for youngsters, meaning a role with the under-23 side, or academy youth teams, would be perfect for him.
Redfearn’s departure could leave an opening in the youth set-up for Elliot
With another shake-up on the cards at non-senior level, following the resignation of Neil Redfearn, there should be some coaching positions available, and Elliot should be seen as the ideal candidate.
He could teach the younger goalkeepers so much, and his experience and guidance to young players at any position, could help them develop as footballers, and stand them in good stead for their future careers.
Elliot has been such a loyal servant to the club, it would be a complete waste of talent to let him leave, and giving him the opportunity to take his first steps into coaching, would be a fitting thank you from the club.