LEIGH GRIFFITHS appears to have revealed he wants to return to football for the sake of his children.
The ex-Celtic forward has been without a club since his stint at Australian club Mandurah City, which ended in October.
Last month he was arrested by police investigating sports betting before he was released without charge.
But the 32-year-old goalscorer seems determined to give his best in 2023 after posting a cryptic hint on Instagram.
The former Scotland star shared a picture of a lion looking down at his cub.
He wrote: “To 2023.
“I was thinking about quitting when I realized who was watching.”
He previously explained how even his children asked about his future plans after his promotion to free agent.
While he admitted that resignation had crossed his mind, he was not specific about his intentions.
But this social media post might be the clearest indication yet that he has something in the pipeline.
We recently shared that Griffiths has been offered a way back to football by ambitious Irish second tier side Waterford.
The club is owned by Fleetwood Town boss Andy Pilley, who appointed former Celtic hero Scott Brown as manager in the summer.
Desperate to return to the top flight after being relegated in a relegation play-off last season, they see former Scotland star Griffiths as the marquee for the new season, which begins with an away game to Wexford in February.
The 32-year-old last played for Falkirk before moving down under and scored twice in 12 league games for the Bairns in League One last season.
He has an impressive career record of 180 league goals in 286 starts for Livingston, Dundee, Hibs, Wolves, Celtic and Falkirk.
Griffiths was most open about his future in October, when he was back in training with Livi, when he revealed his son was asking when he would start playing again.
Speaking to BBC Scotland on his search for a new club, the former Scotland striker said: “The longer it takes, the more I think, ‘Is football more to me? I’ve been without a club for five months now and although Davie has said I can come in and train with them, he has said there’s no deal on the table.
“I still don’t see managers answering the phone meaning they want me in their club or is it time to call it quits? That’s something I’m still considering at the moment. As a free agent, you’re not on a budget, you’re not on a price tag, everything is still negotiable.
“I have an 11-year-old son who keeps asking me when I will play football again and that is a difficult one to answer. I’m just saying I’m training as hard as I can and hopefully the club is calling soon.”
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