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Hutton ponders future but 'still has a few years left'.

Byline: DOMINIC SHAW

ALAN Hutton, who was heavily linked with Middlesbrough in the summer, has revealed he had Championship offers but opted to turn them down.

The 34-year-old is a free agent after his Aston Villa release and still believes he's got a "few more years" left in the game.

But the full-back admits he has contemplated retirement.

Boro were one of the Championship clubs linked with Hutton and it's understood the Scot was on Jonathan Woodgate's radar in the early stages of the summer.

But Anfernee Dijksteel was always Woodgate's priority as he looked to add a new right-back to his squad and the manager was delighted to capture the young Charlton defender.

Hutton is now still considering his next move. He told BBC Sport: "I have had offers from Championship clubs but it's a difficult one.

"They were quite far away and at my age I don't want to be away from the family six nights a week.

"So I decided to take my time and see what comes up."

Hutton, who has played for Scotland 50 times, added: "I have contemplated retirement.

"Everyone says the same thing - don't do it, you'll miss it - but for me it has to be right.

"There's been nothing from Scotland.

"I'd listen to all offers. If that was to move back home, that would be a possibility.

"I don't want to look back and think I should have played an extra couple of years. My mind is telling me to stick with it, stay fit and something might come up."

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
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Date:Sep 11, 2019
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