Retired Chelsea player signs new contract
Chelsea defender Sam Hutchinson has signed a new one-and-a-half year contract at Stamford Bridge – despite retiring more than a year ago.
The 22-year-old hung up his boots in August 2010 due to a knee injury. He had played four times for the Blues and had been singled out by Jose Mourinho as a youngster with potential to break into the first team.
Hutchinson had taken up a coaching role at Chelsea, but while delivering sessions he noticed the pain in his knee had stopped.
He said: “It’s great to be back and I am looking forward to the future.
“I take it week by week and it is a slow process. I am still not out of rehabilitation but I am playing 90-minute games and feeling fit.
“I have progressed from a month of three days training and then a day off to four days training and then a day off.
“It is important now to stick to the plan and listen to the doctors and progress from there.”
Academy manager Neil Bath said: “Should he make progress, we anticipate there could be a further contract but he is still going through the early stages of rehab and is still not training with first-team-type loading in terms of intensity and demands.
“It’s fantastic news because we have a player who has been with us since he was seven, who we thought had retired.
“It is looking good that he will have a professional living in the game but we have to stay patient with the plan.”
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