Once a footballer reaches their 30's they begin to ponder what life entails after their playing career reaches a conclusion. For some such as Ryan Giggs they still have a decade left in them and the lucky ones can manage to play at the highest level until that point.
Others gradually fall down the leagues but still play for the love of the game, and to pick up a decent wage. A natural step for a footballer after retirement is to try and stay in the game through coaching and management. Joleon Lescott who is now 32 has already been taking the first steps to go down that line.
On Friday Lescott tweeted that he had taken part in his first coaching session with the help of former Wolves 'keeper Matt murray and the Nike Academy.
The former Wolves, Everton and Manchester City defender has played in West Brom's last seven matches after an injury disrupted start to the season. With England's centre-back choices including the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones recently he must fancy his chances of breaking back into the international set-up.
Lescott obviously fancies his chances as a manager in the future though and centre-backs often maker for great leaders. From their vantage point they can see how a game develops and have a good understanding of the game. Mauricio Pochettino, Steve Bruce, Gareth Southgate and Ronald Koeman are just a few former defenders with leading jobs in this country.