Steve Sidwell has admitted his playing days might be over – and revealed he could move into coaching.

Sidwell missed Albion's 2017-18 campaign with back and ankle problems having scored against Atletico Madrid in pre-season and is leaving the club this month.

He plans to stay in the game in some form - which could alert the Seagulls.

Sidwell has developed various media roles and presented on TalkSport this morning, when he conceded he might have to call time on his playing career.

He said: “I’ve been working hard in rehab this year. It’s been constant. Sometimes you need to pull the handbrake up and have a rest, but that’s not really worked either.

“I need to have a good think over the summer, do a bit of training and just be honest with myself to see if can I go in and do it again.

“I’m 35, but if you’d have asked me last year I could have played until 37 or 38 easy. I’m naturally fit and it wouldn’t have been a problem.

“I’m talking it down at the moment - there’s still a chance I can play.”

Albion chief executive Paul Barber recently told The Argus he sees Sidwell as one of the role models he would love to give an off-field role at the club in some form when the time comes.

The ex-Chelsea midfielder added: “I’ve just come off a two-day A-Licence course as well, so I’m doing my badges.

“I want to stay in football one way or another.”