Former Brighton midfielder Gary Dicker revealed he knew last season was always going to be his final one at Kilmarnock.

The 34-year-old was released by Kilmarnock at the end of last month after five years at the club.

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But his spell in Scotland ended with them being relegated from the Scottish Premiership (SPFL) after losing to Dundee FC in the SPFL play-off finals.

But the Irishman admits he was disappointed with the way his time at ended.

He said: “It was the first time I have been relegated in my career but we just weren’t good enough over the season.

“It was also a tough one to take when you are leaving as well, but it was always going to be my last season up there.

“So, to finish like that wasn’t nice, but I have had some great times up there.

“It is always the way in football even as players you ask any player and they always remember the worst moments in their career in detail and when they are successful or do well they seem to not enjoy it as much.

“So, it was disappointing but I met some great people up there and really enjoyed it.

But what is next for Dicker?

He said: “I am not sure at the moment, it has been a stressful 18 months with everything that has gone on in football with Covid, with everything up there we have had a lot of changes and a lot of managers in that short period and you obviously feel the brunt of it as a player.

“So, I am not too sure now I probably will continue playing as I am only 34 and I will be 35 come the end of July, but I still feel fine physically.

“The important thing for me is picking the right club for me at this time and the right place where I see the next stage of my career, so it will be a combination of the two.

“Hopefully if I do get a club then I want to be involved in the coaching, I have been helping out with the reserves at Kilmarnock for the whole time I have been there, and this year when the manager (Steve Clarke) left I was asked to help take temporary charge by the board until we got the new manager (Tommy Wright) in.

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“So, I have dipped my toes in it, more so with the reserves but I have got a taste of it with the first team, so that is a side of the game I will definitely be looking for.

“I also want to live somewhere closer to home, but I have not thought too much about it if I am being honest.

“For me, it has been good to get away from football and forget about it and just enjoy normal life.

“As with Covid I feel like I have been living like a monk for the last 13 or 14 months, I haven’t been able to move.

“So it is nice to be back home and enjoying the weather at the moment.

Dicker still calls Sussex his home despite leaving Albion in 2013.

He lives in Steyning and would like his next move to be much closer to home.

He said: “I have been selfish in my career which you have to be as a footballer.

“But the next move is one I will decide with the family, my wife and kids, but I will definitely want to be closer to home.

“I am happy to travel.

“But being a two hour drive away is the furthest that I would want to travel to be honest if I were to find another club.”