Raring to go

Gardner loved every moment at Bolton

Last Updated: 01/09/12 3:26pm

Former Bolton winger Ricardo Gardner told Soccer AM that he is fit and ready to play if a club comes into sign him.

"If I have to step down a level I am willing to. I don't think the championship is far off from the Premier League; there are great players in the Championship as well."

Ricardo Gardner

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Gardner was released by Bolton this summer following their relegation after 14 years with the club - the second longest-serving foreign player in Premier League history.

The 33-year-old, who has yet to have any contract offers, remained in shape by training with Bolton and he says he is ready to continue his career at a new club, even if it is in the Championship rather than the Premier League.

"I have been training with Bolton and Owen Coyle has given me the opportunity to continue training with them and keep myself fit for when the opportunity comes," he told Soccer AM.

Asked if he'd had any offers yet, he said: "Not yet but I was not in any rush either. I am ready to go and can't wait for a fresh start. I have been training fully with Bolton but I have not played 90 minutes yet.

"If I have to step down a level I am willing to. I don't think the championship is far off from the Premier League; there are great players in the Championship as well."

Testimonial

Gardner has been offered a testimonial for Bolton but has yet to sit down with the club to arrange his details, though he is hopes to arrange a fixture between Bolton and his beloved Jamaica. It would be a fitting conclusion to a long association with the club.

"I have enjoyed every single moment at Bolton, since the first day I arrived they made me feel welcome and I think it is a great club and I enjoyed every moment," he said.

"The first day I went there I just felt at home and I just fell in love with everything. The fans and the people who work there are just lovely and just treat me like family."

Music

On the show Gardner also talked about his other love - music. He previously releases a single of his own and has a music production company.

"I have loved music ever since, but football is my first passion," he said. "They are both my passions. Before I go on to the field I always listen to music and there is always music in the dressing room. I think there is something between football and music."