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Ade considering giving up the game

ADE Akinbiyi has told of how he considered hanging up his boots at the end of the season, as he enters into the last year in his Turf Moor contract with the Clarets.

Akinbiyi, 33, has had a career that since 1993 has seen him turn out for 11 different clubs, in which time he wracked up over 500 appearances, but now the front man believes his body is telling him that his time in football is almost up.

Ade, who rejoined the Clarets in 2007 from Sheffield United told the Official website: 'I've been talking about giving up next year, but I don't know what will happen. I'll see how my body feels.

'Your body can only take you so far and I'm about using my strength and doing a lot of running, and when you get older, that takes its toll sometimes.

'I think I'm the sort of person who can play around 30 games now.

'I don't think I'll be able to play Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday; I'll be happy to do whatever the gaffer wants of me this year.'

The London born Nigerian International scored nine times last season for the Clarets, forming a hit and miss partnership with Robbie Blake, but he has admitted that he doesn't want to find himself playing down the divisions: 'I won't drop down the divisions gradually.

'If I decide to call it a day, it will be when I can't do the things I'm good at and I want to try and end on a high.

'I want to be able to run around with my kids; I want to be healthy and able to walk around when I finish playing.

'I miss my kids because I'm not there every weekend, and sooner or later, I want to spend more time with them.'

He added: 'I still love the game. You can't beat it.

'But I've got a few things lined up for when I've finished playing. Football's not forever, and everyone talks about what you're going to do afterwards, but once I've finished playing, it's just another chapter.

'A lot of people want to go into coaching, but I just want to hang it up and do something else.'

Whatever the decision should be at the end of this season, I think we can all say a massive thanks to Ade, who will never be forgotten by the Clarets faithful.

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Writer: M'R Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 5 2008

Time: 1:56PM

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Best of luck to the lad in whatever he decides to do.
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05/08/2008 13:59:00

I doubt he will play a major role this season although that may depend on his and others form. If he plays a bit part, then maybe he will have the energy to go another year. Hopefully if this is his last season, then he will put that bit more into it and finish on a high.
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07/08/2008 11:17:00

Good article Martyn,I do think Ade has taken far too much stick from certain fans, especially since his return from Shef U. He has always given his all, and although his best spell was probably his first one (he was idolised by the fans and our top scorer-we all remember Luton away!), he can still turn it on and for a time early last season was the 'supersub' coming on with about 20 mins to go,influencing the game if not scoring. Ade deserves our gratitude not some of the disgusting, disrespectful comments I have heard some of our so-called fans spout
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08/08/2008 18:31:00

if he put as much effort into his football as he does in the gym he would be the worlds best footballer. he was no good for us and the only good thing he did for us was score that absolute cracker at swillsborough in front of the pig kop!!
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