Jermain Defoe has signed a one-year extension with the Rangers to become a player-coach. Defoe picked up his first winners’ medal last season when Rangers won the league without losing a single game. He has now decided to extend his career by another season. Gerrard will be more than happy to have his mate as part of his backroom team.
“It is well-documented how much I love the club and the relationship I have with the fans, the players, and the staff at the club,” Defoe said. “So to get the deal over the line, I am just delighted. It is something I wanted to happen, even before the season finished, especially the way we finished the season by winning the league.”
“It was the perfect time to be at the football club and it was so special, so to sign another contract as a player/coach, and to still be a part of it. It is an amazing feeling for me and my family,” he added. “It is something different and it is something new for me, and first of all, I want to thank the board, Ross (Wilson) and the manager and all the staff that have made this happen.”
England international Defoe played with a host of clubs in the Premier League throughout his career. He has 276 appearances for Tottenham, scoring 91 goals. He also played for West Ham United, Sunderland, and Portsmouth in the Premier League. Defoe joined Rangers in 2019 and has scored 32 goals from his 72 appearances for the club. He scored four goals in their unbeaten title-winning season.
“I am absolutely delighted to be retaining the services of Jermain both as a player, and now also as a coach.” Rangers manager Steven Gerrard said about Jermain Defoe. “It is well-documented the relationship I have with him having known him for so many years, and I am thrilled that he is going to be passing on his amazing experience and professionalism to the attacking players throughout the club.”