Nelsen hints at A-League swansong

23 May 2010 04:00
lackburn captain Ryan Nelsen has hinted he may finish his career in the Australian A-League once his contract at Rovers expires in two years.[LNB] Nelsen is a key player for Sam Allardyce's side but, at 32, he accepts his current deal is likely to be his last at Ewood Park.[LNB]He wants to carry on playing for as long as possible, though, and has been closely monitoring the progress of the A-League, which did not exist when he began his career in the US with DC United.[LNB]And the New Zealand skipper has refused to rule out a future move to Wellington Pheonix to play under All Whites coach Ricki Herbert.[LNB]"I've still got two years left at Blackburn but after that, maybe," Nelsen told ESPN Soccernet. "I'm not sure how much more will be left in the legs after that. A lot of Australian players have gone back and done really well."[LNB]As the A-League continues to improve, Nelsen reckons a number of Australia's best players - and New Zealand's - could opt to finish their careers there.[LNB]"It's great for both countries," Nelsen added. "It's exciting for the A-League (if players return home). Hopefully some of our players come back as well and this league will improve."

Source: Team_Talk