Griffiths: Time to move on or retire

Former Socceroo Ryan Griffiths is weighing up whether to play on next year or to hang up his boots when his contract ends with Malaysian club Sarawak FA.

The 33-year old joined Sarawak in the Malaysian Super League in 2014 after a short stint with Adelaide United.

Griffiths’ two-year deal with the Malaysian side finishes at the completion of this season and the forward is contemplating retirement.

“I think I will move on or retire,” Griffiths told FourFourTwo.

“My body feels great but if I can't play for the Jets I don't want to play in Australia. The only reason I would retire is because I have other interests and business that is more lucrative than football.

“But I love to play football and while my body is in top shape still retirement would be silly. But also I don't want to stay overseas and don't want to have to move to another city to play in Australia, only Newcastle.”

Griffiths started his career in the NSL with Northern Spirit and spent four years with Newcastle United and then two years with the Jets in the A-League. The attacker has five caps for the Socceroos and has also played for clubs in Romania and China.

Griffiths, who’s older brother Adam also plays in Malaysia, has several business interests outside of the game. His club Sarawak are currently ninth in the 12-team Malaysia competitions on 12 points with three wins, three draws and four losses.

“We started well and then hit a poor patch,” Griffiths admits.

“I'm slowly gaining goals and assists and but I have a lot of work to do. My form is good now with two goals and two assists in the last few games.”

Malaysia has become a popular destination for Australian players and coaches of late with the likes of Matthew Davies, Joel Chianese and Cameron Edwards recently joining Jon McKain, Robbie Corthwaite, Brendan Gan, Mario Karlovic, Ndumba Makeche and the Griffiths brothers. Mehmet Durakovic coaches Selangor FA while Mike Mulvey is in charge of promotion-chasing second division club Sabah.

Former Perth Glory striker Billy Mehmet, also on the books of Sarawak, has scored five goals this season.

Normally a striker or winger, Griffiths has played across the midfield and in different attacking positions for the Crocs this season, and has also been handed the captain’s armband.

“I'm actually all over the shop,” he said.

“The coach has me as skipper. I’ve been playing midfield a lot and behind Billy, also on the left wing.”