Ex-Wolves, Bristol Rovers, Sheff Wed man set for surprise playing comeback – aged 42

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Ryan Green - whose career highlight includes winning the League Two Play-Offs - is back playing football at 42-years-old.

Former Bristol Rovers defender Ryan Green has resumed his playing career at 42-years-old.

He has rejoined one of his former clubs Westfields, which is in Hereford. Westfield play in the Hellenic Premier Division, playing in the same division as the likes of Roman Glass St George, and Mangotsfield United.

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Green has resumed his playing career, after previously turning to coaching in Herefordshire. He retired last year, but has gone back on his decision to join Westfields, and resume his playing career for the upcoming 2023/24 season.

‘To say I’m delighted that we have re signed Greener is an understatement,” said first-team manager Phil Glover to the Hereford Times.

“What a player and even better what a guy, He trained fully today with all the lads and was like a Rolls Royce, his fitness levels are very high as always.

‘He loves playing football and with the signing the whole group, management included have had a big boost…

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“His presence alone raises standards! We believe his experience and quality will be massive for us this season.”

In his 27-year career, Green turned out for the likes of Wolves, Millwall, Cardiff City, Sheffield Wednesday, and Hereford United. At Rovers, he made 82 appearances, and won the League Two Two play-offs with the Gas in 2007.

As to what other former Bristol Rovers players are up to, Joe Partington has joined National League South outfit Farnborough. The 31-year-old made 63 appearances across three seasons for Rovers, but rejoined Eastleigh, and has now dropped down to the sixth tier of English football.

Partington was playing under Tommy Widdrington for a period last season but has opted to drop down a division. “I’m super excited,” said the eight-time Wales Under-21 international after making the move.

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“I’ve been given the opportunity to change my life somewhat from full-time professional football and it’s something that I’m incredibly excited about getting into. Farnborough have, luckily, given me the opportunity to do that.

“It looks like we’re putting a good team together, full of good people. The Club is obviously ambitious and it’s something I’m keen to be a part of.”

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