Everton captain Phil Neville has revealed that he cannot wait to swap his football boots for a cricket bat when he retires from the professional game.
Neville may have enjoyed vast international experience with England, trophy-collecting with Manchester United and leading out an established Premier League side in recent years but he is relishing the chance to put back on his whites.
Although this may not be for a few years as yet, Neville, 36, is adamant that he will return to his boyhood and first love Greenmount Cricket Club when the day does come to hang up his boots.
Neville, who represented Lancashire at the age of 15 as well as being apart of the same youth set-up as England cricketer Andrew Flintoff, told the Bolton News:
“One hundred per cent, I will play cricket again in a couple of years time if my career ends.
“That is the first thing I am going to do; I am going to get back doing something I love.
“People sometimes fear retirement but I am looking forward to it because I can go and do something I love.”
Neville was speaking at the launch of ‘The Lancashire Way’ – an initiative launched by Lancashire County cricket Club.
He is an ambassador for the scheme that promotes cricket for all, something that he is very grateful to have been asked to do.
“When I was asked, there was no hesitation because this is my first love," Neville continued.
“To get the chance at my stage in my life to get back involved with Lancashire County Cricket Club is great because I love going to old Trafford to watch.
“It brings back so many special memories.”
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