David Artell has told crewealex.net that the club will incorporate a chance for Chris Porter to take his coaching badges as part of any new deal.
The 37-year-old striker has been offered a new one year deal by the club after four years of sterling service and Artell is hoping that the potential chance to move into coaching once his career finally does come to an end will entice the Wigan-born Porter to stay.
Porter provided support and back up to leading scorer Mikael Mandron, scoring seven goals himself and even partnering the Frenchman on occasions when Artell elected to switch to a 4-4-2 formation.
Artell has held talks with the former Derby and Sheffield United man and signs are promising that the vastly experienced forward will extend his time at the Alexandra Stadium and move into a 5th season.
Artell told the club’s official website: “I’ve spoken to Chris and he has emailed me with his thoughts. It is all civil, as I knew it would be. We will try and be as flexible as we can be.
“It that means starting him off on his coaching badges and us facilitating that whilst he is with us, then that is something we will look to help him with. He is at a very good coaching club for that if he wants to move into coaching once his career does come to an end.
“It is something we have already done with a number of our players here. We had a dozen do the B Licence course and we encourage those who don’t quite make it to think about coaching. We have Ross Woodcock and Joe Lynch coaching in the Academy for example.
“Chris is old and wise enough to know his value and what he wants going forward and the conservations have been encouraging and we will keep talking until he comes to a decision.”