The £9 million goalkeeper considering retirement

Scotland’s Craig Gordon, released by Sunderland, is on the verge of being forced to retire due to injury.

Remember Craig Gordon? The former Hearts goalkeeper who was sold to Sunderland in 2007 for the tidy sum of £9 million.

Well he’s now at Scottish second division side Dumbarton where he’s looking to get into coaching due to a career riddled with injuries.

Gordon is considering retiring from the game despite still only being 30-years-old and despite possessing a perfect set of skills any goalkeeper needs to make it in the current game.

It’s a massive shame because if he could just sort his fitness out, he could still do a job for any top flight side.

As it stands, he’s a free agent and working with Dumbarton through the club’s manager Ian Murray who encouraged him to start coaching and that’s where he sees his future.

“I'm not sure if I'll play again, so I'm looking to get into coaching as I want to remain in the game - I enjoyed the game and viewing it from a coaches point of view,” he told the Dumbarton website.

So is there any chance he may do a u-turn and will he ever make it back into the Premier League?

Well, it seems extremely doubtful. Gordon has suffered with knee problems throughout his career which can become very persistent problems.

He also broke his arm during his time at Sunderland before he was released last May. This is likely to have damaged his core strength as a goalkeeper and is something he unfortunately can’t get back.

Do you think he’d make a good coach?

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