Gleeson putting family first after leaving Luton

FAMILY will be the key factor in any decision released full-back Dan Gleeson makes on his future, writes Mark Wood.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 7th June 2012, 11:00 am

He was unsurprised not to be offered a new deal at Kenilworth Road following a season blighted by ankle and back injuries.

Now one of the multitude of professional footballers without a club he is concentrating on securing a deal for next season – preferably in the Conference.

He said: “I’m certainly by no means alone, there’s hundreds if not thousands of us.

“Sometimes in life you have to take a step back to take a step forward.

“It’s certainly not the end of the world.

“As the season comes to an end it’s always in the back of your mind what you will be doing next year.

“I was always realistic in thinking I wouldn’t be at Luton.

“You have a word with people and try and look after yourself before this arises.

“I’ve got a few options and I’ve got to see what’s best for my family.

“I’ve got a little daughter and she comes first now.

“Whatever’s best for me and my wife, we will go from there.

“I will certainly find myself a club.”

But the 27-year-old admitted if the offer was right he would consider dropping down a division.

He said: “Nothing’s ever certain in football until it’s signed and sealed.

“I’ve had two or three offers and it’s just a case of what happens now.

“I’m situated in Cambridge and don’t want to move if possible.

“I certainly won’t want to go down a league, but if the offer and situation was right then maybe that’s what it takes.

“I certainly see myself playing against Luton next season without a shadow of a doubt.”

And a grateful Gleeson added: “I would like to say thank you and I wish the fans and players and everyone at Luton a successful future and thank them for my time at the club.”

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