Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers says he has been advising the club’s youth players and suggested agents should be made up of ex-pros in a possible hint at a future role, East Anglian Daily Times reports.
“If I knew as a young player what I know now I would have probably changed a lot of decisions I made. I’m trying to help the young players here in that respect. You get kids here, 16, 17, who get a contract. Well it’s not down to an agent that they have got a contract is it? So why are they getting paid?” Chambers explained.
“I think it’s better to have former players working as agents. They have had a career in the game and know the ins and outs of it and I think that counts for a lot.”
Ipswich have looked to secure the futures of several of their youth players this season with the likes of Teddy Bishop, Luke Woolfenden, Harry Wright and Jack Lankester all penning new deals.
Chambers, in contrast, is at the opposite end of his career and his Ipswich contract expires this summer.
The 33-year-old turns 34 this September and has been a long-serving player at Portman Road, making more than 290 Championship appearances for the club since joining in 2012.
With Ipswich almost certainly set for relegation to League One as they sit ten points adrift of safety, they may opt against extending Chambers’ deal, with the Ipswich captain likely to be one of the highest paid players at the club.
Chambers has struggled to replicate his form from previous years in his 30 league games this season. It is doubtful he will have a long list of Championship clubs queuing up for his signature this summer.
His comments are perhaps a suggestion Chambers is weighing up a post-retirement role already, with the defender clearly having a knack for leadership among other qualities.