CARIBBEAN STAY: Gardner playing for the Reggae Boyz in 2009
AFTER SPENDING the better part of 15 years on English soil, the majority with Bolton Wanderers, former Reggae Boyz captain Ricardo Gardner has returned to Jamaica.
The player, who signed for the Trotters after Jamaica's historic qualification to the 1998 World Cup in France, parted ways with Bolton following their relegation to the Championship last season.
Gardner made 409 appearances for the club, but was hampered by recurring knee injuries and failed to nail down a spot in the squad during his last two seasons.
However, despite spending the entire 2013 season without a club, the 34-year-old is not ready to give up on football and is looking forward to the next stage of his career.
Gardner has been keeping fit by training with the Bolton squad.
"I've been keeping myself healthy to prepare for what God has in store for me in the future," Gardner told SBNation.
"My family are happy that we are heading back to Jamaica, which makes me happy.
Gardner played his last game for Bolton against Swansea last season, but has since appeared for the Jamaican national team, taking part in a failed Caribbean Cup campaign in December of last year.
The left-back said that once settled back on the island, he could turn his attention to the United States Major Soccer League (MLS), where several of his countrymen ply their trade.
"I want to get the family settled as quickly as possible then I am maybe looking at doing a year in the MLS," Gardner said.
"Who knows, I might even come back here for another year or two? We will see what happens.
"I would love to have given it another go and kept playing over here but this seems like the perfect time for me, I wouldn't say to move on, because maybe I'll be back here some day - but to go, breathe some fresh air and take it from there," he added.