Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has revealed he is doing his UEFA B coaching badge, along with his teammate and club captain Per Mertesacker.
The Englishman, who is still only 25 years old, has taken it upon himself to prepare for life after his playing days by undertaking the course, and he has already completed the FA's Level Two from last season.
Wilshere was on loan at south coast club Bournemouth last term, and explained that he had a lot of time to kill given their lack of European football.
Speaking on the Arsenal podcast, as quoted by the Mirror, he said: "Last year when I was at Bournemouth, because they’re not in Europe and didn’t have a midweek game, it seemed like an opportunity [to start on my badges].
"A few of the lads were talking about doing their Level Two [coaching badge] and I thought, I’m going to jump on it.
"I really enjoyed it, while I’m fit and playing and healthy I might not need it, but even if I’ve got another ten years left in me I don’t want to be at the end of my career and maybe have a year out and be thinking, what do I want to do…and then have to go through Level Two, UEFA B, UEFA A.
"I’m doing my UEFA B at the minute. Luckily I’ve got great facilities here at Arsenal, great players and the PFA and the FA have been great and really helpful. I’m going to complete that and then see what I want to do."
Wilshere might be preparing for life after playing football, but the star is arguably still way off his peak, and Gunners supporters have been clamouring to see him start more games after reminding them all of his natural ability in various cameo appearances.