Heskey not ruling out Malaysia move

Former England striker Emile Heskey has not considered retirement and, in fact, sees himself playing in the Malaysian Super League.

Heskey, who left Australian side Newcastle Jets last month, told FourFourTwo Malaysia: “I would definitely consider playing in Malaysia.

“Why not? [Former Premier League players] Tony Cottee and Caleb Folan used to play here [so it does have a certain appeal to it].

“Personally, I have always wanted to play abroad, which is why I moved to Australia in 2012 [and played there for two years].

“When I was younger, I always told myself that I would play in Italy someday because Gazza [Paul Gascoigne], Paul Ince and David Platt played there. It was the best place to go.

“Now, [football has globalised and] you get to explore the world and see where you can fit in and be part of a different culture.

“So, it will be interesting to play in Malaysia and immerse myself into the local experience and lifestyle.”

On top of that, should he make the move, the former 62-cap England international did not rule out the possibility of linking up with former Jets strike partner Ryan Griffiths, who is now playing for Sarawak in the Malaysian Super League.

“Maybe it’s time to give him a call!” he joked.

However, Heskey emphasised that his family would be his number one priority at the moment.

“I could’ve signed a new contract [with the Jets] because I love the fans and I have a great relationship with the CEO, but I have been away from my family for a long time and I miss them.

“Right now, I just want to go back [to England], spend time with my family, and then reevaluate my options.”

"Who knows, I might even return to Australia. We'll see."