English Premiership

Gomes may call time on his career

Heurelho Gomes (AFP)
Heurelho Gomes (AFP)

Cape Town - Heurelho Gomes says this season will probably be his last as he considers hanging up his gloves.

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The 37-year-old Watford goalkeeper, who went to the 2010 World Cup with Brazil and has 11 national caps, has found himself sidelined this season.

Gomes was first choice with the Hornets following his loan spell with Hoffenheim, having moved from Tottenham Hotspur, but is now behind England's Ben Foster.

The former Cruzeiro and PSV shot-stopper told Sky Sports: "This will probably be my last season.

"Of course, it is going to be a big change if I go back there to Brazil but we are thinking about this as well."

Gomes added that he is not considering going into coaching at this stage.

"I don't think it will be a role inside the pitch. I am looking at other options, also in football, but in other roles.

The keeper helped Watford win promotion to the Premier League in 2015 and was the club's player of the year following their return to the top-flight.

On being second choice this season, Gomes added: "I will try to push hard but Ben is doing so well that it is very difficult to get in over him. But I am glad as well because I lost my place to a good goalkeeper."

Reflecting on the changes he has seen at Watford, he further explained: "It has been a big change since I arrived in 2014 with the aim of winning promotion. We are competing, that's the massive chance since I first came.

"We have a very good squad now. I don't know about Champions League but we can go for a European place. Of course, we are pushing to finish as high as we can but there is a possibility of finishing in a place that will give us the chance to compete in Europe. That would be great for the club."