Ameobi open to new opportunities

FormerSuper Eagles striker Shola Ameobi says he has not retired from football and would consider signing for a club if the right offer came up.

The 36-year-old is a free agent after being released by Notts County at the end of last season.

"I'm doing bits and bobs," Ameobi told Sky Sports Soccer AM. "I made a decision with the family that I wanted to be closer to Newcastle, which obviously limits the clubs you can look for.

"I've kept myself fit and I haven't retired officially. It would have to be the right club. It's not something I'm actively pursuing but if something came up I'd definitely be ready."

Since his release from Notts County, Ameobi has continued coaching at Newcastle's academy, the system where he developed into a professional.

Should a playing contract fail to materialise, Ameobi says he would explore coaching opportunities.

"I've had to think about the future," he added. "I've done all of my coaching badges and A Licence.

"I've been coaching with the academy for years now since I was at Newcastle. I enjoy passing on what I learnt because I grew up in that academy and have a lot of experiences."

Ameobi made nearly 400 appearances for Newcastle during a 14-year association for the north-east club.

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