The news that Ryan Giggs will become a player-coach next season at Manchester United may well suggest that next season could be the final campaign in his incredible 23-year playing career.
The Welshman will be 40 this November, so does his position as a coach really mean it will be the final season? His contract expires in June 2014, but as we well know, United have been willing to extend that further.
Giggs has taken the initiative to prepare for his future career by achieving necessary qualifications, including his UEFA Pro Licence this summer. It is evident that he is ready to take the next step into coaching soon after his playing days.
The position he now has as a coach at United seems a wise one as he will still be part of the playing squad and still contributing. Understandably, this is going to diminish as the year progresses, but for now he will be giving himself further justification to play on parts of the season.
In a way, he is likely to be contributing further next season than he has in the previous. Giggs is a useful tool for David Moyes as he acts as that catalyst between the Sir Alex Ferguson and Moyes transitional period. Also, we know that he can be called upon as a fresh player in those winter months when others have played a large amount of football.
I think Giggs will once again review his playing career’s future around January next year as expected, but with the coaching role at United, he’s almost getting half way to that point. But, with the hunger and desire to win and play at United that this man has, you can never really rule out the possibility of yet another season of playing at the highest level before retiring.