Scharner set for final hurrah?

West Bromwich Albion's Paul Scharner (left) and Manchester City's Gareth Barry battle for the ball
West Bromwich Albion's Paul Scharner (left) and Manchester City's Gareth Barry battle for the ball
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PAUL Scharner is hoping his English adventure is not at an end as he contemplates possibly the last move of his career.

The 32-year-old former Wigan Athletic star is a free agent after seeing out his two-year contract at West Brom.

He failed to make the required 25 appearances that would have activated a 12-month contract extension, and is seeking a new club.

Scharner will bide his time before deciding his future, mindful of the fact it may be his final hurrah.

But the Austrian utility man is not resigned to turning his back on the Premier League just yet.

“I am hoping very much to stay in England,” he told the Evening Post.

“I have spent six-and-a-half very happy years here since joining Wigan, and I have made a lot of friends in the game.

“I made my name here, and I’ve made more than 200 games in the Premier League.

“I would be sad to have to go and it would be hard, but I also know that anything is possible and I may have to move elsewhere.”

Despite many clubs, including Wigan, returning to pre-season training this week, Scharner is not getting anxious about his next move.

“No, it’s too early to be thinking about that yet,” he added.

“The plan was always to wait for the Euros to finish, wait for another couple of weeks and then make a decision.

“By the middle of July I should be ready to say where I will play my football next season.

“Everything is possible. I’m not worried what might or might not happen at all because these things happen in football.

“The career of a footballer in changeable and you have to be prepared to go where the work is.”

Whatever happens, Scharner says he’ll take his fond feelings for Latics with him wherever he ends up.

“Of course I still care about Wigan Athletic – I spent four-and-a-half happy years there and I still look out for their fortunes,” Scharner revealed.

“I very much hope Roberto Martinez stays at the club.

“The team did very well towards the back end of last season and I hope they can keep that going into next season.”