CAREY EYES UP A ROBINS RE­TURN

The Football League Paper - - BIG INTERVIEW - By Luke Mur­ray

BRIS­TOL CITY leg­end Louis Carey hopes trav­el­ling the world will aid his foot­ball ed­u­ca­tion once his play­ing days are over.

The Robins have re­leased their all-time ap­pear­ance record holder Carey, who turned out 646 times for the club af­ter mak­ing his de­but in Oc­to­ber 1995.

And Carey ac­knowl­edges that while his ten­ure at City was a dream come true, the next chap­ter of his life could be even more ex­cit­ing – al­though he is hop­ing to ex­pand his play­ing ca­reer by at least one more year.

“If some­one had told me when I was a kid that I’d play 646 times for Bris­tol City, lead the team out at Wem­b­ley and gain pro­mo­tion with them, I would not have be­lieved them,” said Carey, who is now on the look­out for a new club.

“It is only re­ally sink­ing in now that it is com­ing to an end here.

“In the next year I want to travel the world and visit other clubs who I feel get things right: Barcelona, Ajax, and many other sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions around the world.

“I also want to go to the slums of In­dia and give back. I want to try and get a bit of nor­mal­ity back in my life be­cause over the years foot­ball has been very ma­te­ri­al­is­tic.

“Who knows, I may even end up with a role back at Bris­tol City in the fu­ture.”

Carey broke John Ateyo’s ap­pear­ance record on De­cem­ber 29 and man­ager Steve Cot­ter­ill ex­plained it wasn’t easy end­ing the leg­endary de­fender’s ten­ure with the Robins.

“We’ve had a good chat and it’s re­ally tough to be the one to end his Bris­tol City ca­reer,” said Cot­ter­ill, who has also re­leased de­fender Liam Fon­taine and ex­pe­ri­enced mid­field­ers Marvin El­liott and Stephen Pear­son.

“I’m de­lighted he got the all-time ap­pear­ance record. That was al­ways go­ing to hap­pen – I couldn’t let it not hap­pen.

“For his tremen­dous years of ser­vice, he fully de­serves that ac­co­lade and I can’t see it ever be­ing bro­ken.”

MOV­ING ON: Louis Carey

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