Milan Baros joins boyhood club but admits he almost retired

Milan Baros

Milan Baros has re-joined Banik Ostrava on a season long deal.

When Liverpool signed talented striker Milan Baros in 2002 they were snapping up a talent being courted across Europe. But his career in England was certainly up-and-down. While he failed to produce consistent form whilst at Liverpool - although he was their top scorer in the 2004-05 season - Aston Villa or Portsmouth he was still considered hot property due mainly to his excellent performances for the Czech national team.

In 2004 he was part of the Euro 2004 All-Star Team and also finished the competition as top scorer as a highly fancied Czech side lost out to Greece in the semi-finals.

Since those awkward days in England he has forged out a very good living in Turkey with Galatasaray. Revered by the fans he was the league top scorer in 2009 and scored 63 appearances in 116 games overall in his Gala career.

But his injury turmoil took its toll and Gala could no longer rely on him and he was released last season.

At the start of last season he had a short stint with his boyhood club Banik Ostrava. But he then decided he wanted to return to Turkey, completing a one-year deal with Super Lig club Antalyaspor last June.

However, his unfortunate injury record soon struck again. He tore his cruciate ligament just before Christmas in a 3-2 win v Genclerbirligi and in January Antalyaspor released him from his contract at the club in order to free up a foreign player space and valuable wages.

For many it seemed as though the door was now closed for this former Liverpool prospect. But not his first club.

Once again Banik Ostrava have heard the clarion call and offered him a third chance at the club. Baros has signed on the dotted line of a one season deal in Ostrava.

Speaking about the move Baros admitted retirement has crossed his mind, but that he simply missed the game too much to quit:

"When I got hurt, I was in two minds whether to play on. But after three months I missed football so that I did everything in my career could continue."

Still only 32-years-old Baros offers real quality to the Czech side, who currently sit in tenth position in the Czech Liga.

If his knees hold out this could be a glorious last hurrah for a player who once struck real fear into defenders on the continent. Now it is the time to take those talents back home.

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