Premier League legends love to play on

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When a player enjoys great success in the Premier League, it’s no surprise that they want another piece of the action in the final stages of their career.

Whilst it’s not always guaranteed to be in the English top flight, any chance is seemingly too good to turn down for the professional footballer.

Robbie Fowler is the latest player to get the call, with the Liverpool legend now training with Blackpool after an invite from Ian Holloway. Having spent time with Cardiff City and in the Australian A-League, the 36-year-old unsurprisingly remains confident in his ability.

But the fourth highest Premier League goalscorer in history isn’t the only one who keeps coming back for more – here are six others who have just kept going...

Paul Scholes (Manchester United)

The Manchester United veteran retired at the end of last season, but made a shock comeback against rivals Manchester City in this season’s FA Cup Third Round back in January.

He has since enjoyed a prominent role in the Premier League, and if he didn’t play again after scoring in the 2-1 win against Norwich at the weekend, the return would be heralded as a success.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink (Charlton Athletic & Cardiff City)

One of Chelsea’s finest; Hasselbaink was a hero at Stamford Bridge, but after two years with Middlesbrough found his new home at the Valley. But, with just two league goals in the 2006-07 season, he was released.

Cardiff came calling in the summer though, and his spell with the Bluebirds was much more productive as the club reached the FA Cup final, losing 1-0 to Portsmouth at Wembley. Hit and miss after leaving the top tier.

Teddy Sheringham (Colchester United)

The former Spurs and Manchester United man was released by West Ham United in 2007, but signed with Colchester to spend a season with the U’s.

During his time at the club, Sheringham scored four goals in all competitions, and the spell was unsuccessful as the club were relegated from the Championship – the only time he went down in an 18 year professional career.

David James (Bristol City)

The former England international goalkeeper spent 20 years at the top, but made the shock decision to join Bristol City in 2010 whilst still hoping to be in the international fold.

It was a decision taken for family reasons, and James helped keep the club in the Championship last season with his performances. The 41-year-old is hoping to do the same again this term.

Darren Anderton (Bournemouth)

After more than a decade at the top with Tottenham and Birmingham, Anderton played in the Championship with Wolves before and then joined the Cherries in League One in 2006.

Despite their relegation in the first season he was there, the two-and-a-half year spell was a major success, with Anderton becoming captain and scoring several long-range goals for the club.

And finally...

Thierry Henry (Arsenal)

The French legend holds Arsenal’s goalscoring record, and when the opportunity t return on loan this season arose, Henry simply couldn’t say no.

Arsene Wenger seems to get the best out of Henry, and winners against Leeds and Sunderland proved you can enjoy success if you go back to your old stomping ground.

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