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Elliot Offered Under-21s Role

Wade Elliott has to decide whether to end his playing career or not after being offered the job as Under-21 manager at Ashton Gate.

The City skipper’s contract expires this summer and will not be renewed, however, boss Steve Cotterill has offered the 36-year-old a place on his coaching staff.

Cotterill admits it’s a massive dilemma for the man he signed previously at Burnley in 2005 before bringing him to Ashton Gate last summer following a successful loan spell.

The City manager told “He’s fit enough to carry on playing, which is his dilemma. For me, due to where we may need to strengthen, I’ve offered Wadey a coaching job.

“I’d be delighted if he accepted our offer, to be in charge of the Under-21s. He has to think about that, so that’s a big decision for him.

“He would be an excellent addition to my staff, as someone who knows me. He’s got all the credentials to be a good, young coach.

“I think it would be a good opportunity if he took up the Under-21 role because it’s something I take a great interest in. Wadey knows what we’ve done here in the past 18 months and would be able to transfer that on a daily basis to the Under-21s.

“There is no time frame. He will have other offers to carry on playing. I don’t want to finish his career prematurely if he still wants to play.

“He’ll talk to his family and close friends. I’ve spoken to him about that this morning and it’s all down to what he wants to do.”