Exclusive: Former Villa defender Samuel eyes new challenge

Date published: Wednesday 6th January 2016 12:17

Jlloyd Samuel: Former Aston Villa defender wants return to football

Former Aston Villa and Bolton defender Jlloyd Samuel is showing no signs of slowing down on or off the pitch as he looks to fix himself with a new club.

Samuel is currently without a club and is focusing on some business ventures with Futurz London and Boost Your Mobile but looking to get back to playing after four years in Iran.

The 34-year-old believes he still has a lot to offer and is ready for a new challenge either in the UK or abroad again.

Samuel featured in 11 Premier League seasons with Villa and Bolton, making 240 appearances in the top flight and he feels he revamped himself after his spell in Iran.

“I am currently a free agent after returning from Iran and I am looking at finding myself a new club,” Samuel told TEAMtalk.com.

“Ideally I would like to find a club in the UK, but I would have no problem in going abroad again.

“I would consider the MLS or anywhere because my experience in Iran really was an eye-opener for me.

“I welcomed it [the move to Iran] and learned the language and the customs and although there were a few problems I coped with it all.”

Samuel has been working on his fitness after returning to England and he is weighing up his options as to where to continue his career.

“I have not played in the last five months, but I have been working hard on my fitness and I am just waiting on the right opportunity right now,” added Samuel.

“I still feel I could do a job in the Championship or the top end of League One.

“The standard of football in Iran was decent and you can see how well the national team has improved over the years with Carlos Queiroz the manager there now and I also played at a good level in the Asian Champions League

“I believe I am a stronger player now and I had to be strong-minded and disciplined to adapt to life in Iran.”

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