Emile Heskey rejuvenated at Newcastle Jets
The former England international has been in top form since moving to Australia
Emile Heskey has enjoyed an upturn in fortunes in Australia with Newcastle Jets, but will this be the former England international's last season?
Heskey is probably now more recogniseable as YouTube's most-loved footballer, along with fellow "beasts" Adebayo Akinfenwa of Northampton Town and Emmanuel Frimpong of Arsenal.
Is it really fair that the former Liverpool man has become a novelty player? Probably not, but whilst he is constantly mocked at home, he has slowly left his mark at his new club Down Under.
Heskey was a player who lost his touch so catastrophically it lead to him scoring only 24 league goals in six years. So he decided to move to Australian A-League side Newcastle Jets and has never looked back since.
Heskey has become a club idol. At the beginning of the season Heskey made up for most of the graphics on the Newcastle Jets website as well his own personal "Heskey Cam" for the match against Melbourne Victory and beyond all that has scored as many goals in 22 appearances as his did for Aston Villa in 92 appearances.
A revival of a great career? Sadly, I do not think so. He only joined Newcastle Jets because the Australian club sent through a DVD of the city after Heskey was released by Aston Villa. Before the DVD, I think the Englishman was seriously considering calling it a day.
And I think he still is. The 35-year-old is only penned to a one-year contract and he is not getting any younger, so this season could see the end of Emile Heskey.
This would mean bringing the curtain down on a career spanning 19 years, in which he made an incredible 718 club appearances scoring 160 goals. He made 62 appearances for his country but only scoring seven goals, the most famous of which was the last goal in England's famous 5-1 win over Germany in Munich all those years ago.
Although he has this record he was still relentlessly mocked by the newspapers when he called time on his international career.
It will be a sad day in English football when Heskey finally retires. I'm almost certain it will be the last we see of him on the footballing scene because I don't think he is the type of player interested in a coaching role.
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