Lane hero pays a visit

Last updated : 10 September 2008 By Jamie Furniss

The 37 year old has admitted he is about to retire. Kevin Blackwell rang the Canadian to see if he wanted to come up to Bramall Lane to look around the academy facilities etc. Peschisolido says he delighted to be around the roots of Bramall Lane again and confesses that he still keeps in contact with few of the lads.

He said: "To put the boots back on and to come and play here again would be fantastic but I think that time has ended. I haven't officially (retired), but I probably will do in the near future.

"I had a bad injury with my achilles last season and picked up a little niggle when I was running my academy. I think my body is telling me that it's time to put my boots up.

"I've had a fantastic career, I've enjoyed it immensely and to play a sport for a living for as long as I have for seventeen years, is pretty special and something I can be proud of. Good things unfortunately do come to an end but who knows what will happen in the future."

Paul is currently learning how to be a coach and admits that is was something he never thought he would do. He said: "It is something that I would never have thought of if you had have asked me five, six, seven years ago. It's the only thing you know. It's something familiar to you and it becomes addictive, you want to remain in the banter.

"I've always been speaking to Blackie for the past few years. I've been in regular contact so he said come up and have a look at the training ground and see how things are done and I suppose this is how far we've got to."

On Neil Warnock he said: "I speak to Neil regularly too. I go down to meet him sometimes and he's taught me a lot, but yeah I've got a lot of respect for both of them (Neil Warnock and Kevin Blackwell) because they were both part of something which was special here in Sheffield which I was very happy to be involved with.

"You walk in here and pretty much from the kit man straight up to the highest level, pretty much is still the same. I always follow the Blades. From when they got promotion and when they relegated unfairly in my opinion.

"It's a club that I've always had a high regard for and it's nice to be back here to see the old faces and to see how things have developed. Things changed for the better and I'm sure it'll continue to progress."