Matt Oakley: Veteran wants Exeter City coaching role after retiring

Matt Oakley
Matt Oakley has had lengthy spells on the sidelines due to ankle and shoulder injuries in recent years

Exeter City veteran Matt Oakley hopes to join Paul Tisdale's coaching team at Exeter City when he gives up playing.

The 37-year-old is out of contract in the summer, but wants to continue his career for at least another season.

"I think there'll be an option to work with Paul on the coaching side, so that'll be my next stage when I finish playing," Oakley told BBC Radio Devon.

"I'll probably just fit in around Paul, working with individuals and the younger lads I think."

Oakley has played both in midfield and defence since first joining the Devon club from Leicester City almost four years ago.

The former Southampton man, who could make his 48th Exeter appearance of the season in their final League Two game at home to Dagenham & Redbridge, also wants to go to university to study sports psychology.

"I've worked with some good psychologists and I think that's becoming a big part of the game now," he said.

Despite his plans to play on next season, Oakley hopes to reduce his number of appearances.

"Next year I would probably like to miss out on the Tuesday games because the one thing I found really difficult this year was the Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday games," he added.

"That'll be something I'll speak to Paul about - he's fully aware of that anyway. I'd like to play until I'm 40, but we'll see."

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