5 ex-Premier League players in Non-League football
King's Lynn has secured a deal for ex-Premier League striker Grant Holt. Here are 5 other former top-flight stars currently playing Non-League football.
The 36-year-old defender is now employed by Billericay Town in the Isthmian League Premier Division. He has played in the Premier League for Charlton Athletic, West Ham United, Fulham, Liverpool and Leicester City; making over 600 career appearances. After leaving Leicester in 2016, Konchesky spent a year with League One side Gillingham before dropping into non-league football.
The Argentinian midfielder, formerly of Sunderland and Middlesbrough, now plies his trade for South Shields. The 36-year-old can now be found in the Northern Premier League. Arca made 393 appearances throughout his career, turning out for Argentinos Juniors in his native country before moving to England. He was released by Middlesbrough in 2013 before retiring from the game. Arca took to the field again - for a Sunday league pub team called Willow Pond FC, before making the move to South Shields.
The 34-year-old winger also plays for non-league side Billericay Town. He played in the Premier League for Arsenal, Birmingham City, Liverpool, Portsmouth and Stoke City before spells with Spanish club Real Zaragoza and Indian side FC Pune City. He wore Bury colours in League One last season before leaving at the end of his short-term contract. He took the opportunity to join Billericay Town in the summer.
The Jamaica international now turns out for Leyton Orient in the National League. He has enjoyed Premier League football with Wimbledon, West Ham and Reading. He played 38 games for the Royals under Brian McDermott. He then moved to Leyton Orient in League One in 2014, and, despite a brief spell away with Stevenage last season, returned to the London club in the summer. The O's were relegated out from the Football League for the first time in their history during the 2016/17 campaign; this also means McAnuff finds himself playing in the non-league for the first time, too.
The right-back, who has a single cap for France, now plays for Nothern Premier League side Washington FC. The 38-year-old played in the Premier League for Wigan Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland, Blackburn Rovers and Queens Park Rangers. After playing his final top-flight game in 2011, Chimbonda has gone on to work for Doncaster Rovers, Carlisle United and AC Arles-Avignon before joining Washington FC recently.
It is great that these ex-Premier League players are now playing in non-league. Not only is it good for former top-flight stars to continue playing football in their later years, but also for the clubs they play for. They, no doubt, bring fans through the gate as they want to see these big names. I'd like to see more ex-top-level footballers need to follow the likes of Grant Holt, Paul Konchesky, Jermaine Pennant etc. if they still feel fit and are able to play for lower league sides. It is definitely something that the FA should encourage to happen more.