John Terry will not play for Aston Villa again after the club announced his departure this afternoon.
The former Chelsea captain made 36 appearances in all competitions last season for Villa including a start in the Championship play-off final last Saturday.
In a club statement, Villa stated Terry was “everything and more” than they could have hoped for when they signed him in the Summer of 2017.
However, the 37-year-old is now without a club and yet to announce his plans for the up-and-coming season.
Interestingly, the final line of the club statement would suggest that he does intend to play on again next season.
Villa stated: “we wish him the very best as his career moves forward.”
Adding to this fuel, the BBC Sport reported that, “there are no initial indications that he plans to retire from playing.” So where now for John Terry?
Although Terry made it into the EFL Championship Team of the Year, his performances on the field of play were questionable at times last season.
Although his leadership skills and career accolades are unquestionably amongst the most impressive in all of English football, his ability and speed has evidently decreased.
This would suggest that a move to the Premier League may be a mistake for anything more than a role model in the dressing room.
With the exception of Sunderland, its fair to presume that not many – if any – below the Championship could afford or attract John Terry.
Within the Championship, almost every club could use the experience of John Terry to their advantage.
Arguably, his leadership skills and experiences outweigh any other asset he could bring at the age of 37. It may not be just the dressing room that need that advice and leadership, it may be a coaching staff.
By all reports, Frank Lampard has one foot in the Derby County dugout to be their new manager with Jody Morris not far behind as his assistant.
Is it possible that the Chelsea legend trio could reunite in a Rams uniform next season? Perhaps.
The Rams have failed in each of the last four seasons to attain their Premier League goal.
The players; mindset and character has come under intense scrutiny for their evident post Christmas league position slides.
Although he could arguably become a third choice central defender in the current Derby squad, his leadership skills in the dressing room could be vital for Lampard’s regime. Not only for the players, but for Lampard himself.
A team with the leadership capabilities of Curtis Davies and John Terry could have the know-how to create another winning culture and promotion push at Pride Park.
With Derby under financial fair play duress, Terry would most likely have to take a payment reduction to join the Rams.
However, would that be that surprising if he was able to reunite with fellow Chelsea teammates and legends?