Stewart Downing will go down as a bit of a modern Middlesbrough legend with him spending two significant spells playing for his local side during his career.
The left-winger would spend most of his career plying his trade in the Premier League for the likes of Boro, Aston Villa, Liverpool and West Ham United, whilst he also featured regularly for England and was a key player in Middlesbrough’s UEFA Cup run in 2006.
What’s he been up to since leaving Boro in 2019 for the second time, though? And what is he getting up to now? We take a look…
He joined in Blackburn Rovers in 2019 and that’s where he’d finish his career, with him spending the last couple of years playing at Ewood Park.
He made over 50 league appearances for the club but decided in August of this year that enough was enough, with him announcing his retirement at the age of 37.
An outpouring of emotion came from Teesside as they paid tribute to the midfielder and now it’s going to be interesting to see what he gets up to next.
He may go into coaching, he may look at tv opportunities, but for now Downing appears to just be enjoying his retirement with his family and after so long in the game you can say he has certainly earned a bit of down time.