The real world
The fifth and final part of 'Life After Football' looks at the various occupations players can move into.
Last Updated: 05/03/10 12:22pm
In Part Five of Sky Sports News' special series on 'Life After Football' we meet three former footballers who explain why, after their playing days were over, they wanted nothing further to do with the game.
Tony Bird enjoyed a 15-year playing career for Cardiff City, Swansea and Kidderminster, but when it ended he wanted a change from football.
With the help of the PFA, Tony Bird became a dog groomer in South Wales. With a fully kitted out van he now sees to the needs of the canine community of Cardiff.
When planning a life after football, he spotted a gap in the market and decided to give it a go and hasn't looked back.
A persistent hamstring injury ended Lee Baddeley's career at Exeter City.
Whilst playing for Cardiff, Baddeley had taken BTEC and NVQ2 qualifications. He knew he wanted to get away from football, even though his career ended at just 25 years of age, but he wanted to remain outdoors.
So, while playing a round of golf at his local club on the outskirts of Exeter, he saw an advert for a trainee greenkeeper. He applied and the rest in now history.
He's the assistant greenkeeper at Downes Crediton Golf Club after recently completing a three-year foundation degree in Leisure Studies.
His aim is to become a head greenkeeper and who knows maybe a bizarre return to football at some point, as a head groundsman at a football club!
We also meet 29-year old Steve Roberts, who was forced to quit football last year.
The former Walsall central defender had a chronic back problem and while he loved playing football he had no ambition to coach or be involved the game after his playing days were over. Fortunately, Roberts was not only a talented footballer, but a gifted artist.
At school and in his spare time he drew and with advice from the PFA is embarking on his new career. He's not making a huge amount of money yet, and concedes he may need to get a second job, but he sees his future career as an artist.
Already Liverpool FC have taken possession of some prints Roberts drew of Fernando Torres which have - at the time of writing - been sold. It's an area Roberts hopes to work in through his contacts in the game, selling prints and portraits of players in club shops.
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