Colosimo prepares to hang up the boots

Former Socceroo Simon Colosimo is contemplating hanging up his boots as the I-League season in India winds down.

Colosimo, who broke into the NSL with Carlton in 1997, joined India side Dempo SC last year from Melbourne Heart.

Dempo, coached by fellow Australian Arthur Papas, has three games left and currently the club sits in fourth place on the I-League ladder with 31 points.

Colosimo has not completely given up playing on after this season but concedes an A-League return is highly unlikely.

“I’d love to play in Australia again, don’t get me wrong, but I think I need to be realistic and I don’t think that will happen,” he said.

“I’m quite happy playing sort of day-by-day. Body-wise, yep I’m feeling great. Whether it happens or not, I’m old enough not to worry about things not in my control.”

Over an 18-year career Colosimo played for 12 different clubs in Australia, England, Belgium, Turkey and India. In the A-League he spent three seasons with Perth Glory, two with Sydney FC and three with Melbourne Heart.

He made 26 appearances for the Socceroos between 1998 and 2010, scoring three goals. And while the central defender is not ruling anything out, he has already begun working on his post-playing future.

The 35-year old has been president of the Professional Footballers Association since 2004 and is keen to continue his work with the organisation.

“To be quite honest, I started planning by coming here and doing the PFA India stuff, I started planning for life after,” Colosimo said.

“At the end of the day I’ve got a family, a wife and two kids. A lot of things would have to fall into place, either way, whether it would be playing or not playing.

“I’ve been able to do a lot of thinking here and I do have a passion for the players,” Colosimo said.

“When I finish playing that’s what I’d like to do, I’d like to work with the players. So we’ll just see how it all pans out.”

Colosimo, who won Joe Marston Medals with Perth in 2003 and Sydney FC in 2010, said he has enjoyed his time in India. Dempo has turned its season around of late, recording five wins from its last six games.

Colosimo credited the impact former Heart and Newcastle Jets assistant Papas has had on transforming the Whites.

“There’s a lot happening at the club,” he said.

“Archie’s excellent. He’s very thorough. He’s very highly regarded here. He’s trying to build the structures. He’s on track for big things.”

Former Sydney United and Blacktown City Demons striker Tolgey Ozbey has also had a big influence on Dempo’s fortunes since joining the club in January, scoring nine goals in the current campaign.

“He’s very, very prolific over here,” Colosimo added. “Quiet underrated in Australian circles but he knows how to find the goals. He’s fit in really well.”