Jay Bothroyd an English footballer once capped for England while playing in the English second tier with my Welsh team Cardiff City. So how is the man who started at Arsenal and was once known as Super Jay Bothroyd managed to get a whole post about him on here? Well, the much-travelled Englishman has been gracing Asian football since 2014 and currently finds himself playing for Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo a Japanese team promoted to the top flight (J League) in 2016.
One look over Bothroyd’s social media accounts and you can see he is loving life in Asia. The man who was once a controversial figure in the English game seems to of matured and enjoys the love he gets from the fans in Japan. His Twitter profile photo sees fans of his new club welcoming him to their club with a banner reading ‘Jay. Wishing the new arrival the best! Hope the new beginning is full of happiness. Sapporo City is behind you 100%’. It would seem that moving to Thailand after 6 months of not finding a club in 2014 helped Bothroyd enjoy the game after not being able to reach the same heights in English football after leaving Cardiff City in 2011.
The 35-year-old now at Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo, maybe his last club, is still enjoying the game. The team are now almost safe from relegation after promotion and are currently sitting 13th with 3 games remaining. Bothroyd himself is averaging just over a goal every 2 games with 6 goals in 11 appearances.
It is unclear however how much longer Bothroyd will continue to play as on the 4th November he experienced a concussion while training. He needed 10 minutes of medical care on the training pitch before he was taken into hospital. He did, however, a tweet he was doing well so we hope he will get his chance to play again before the season ends. Bothroyd's future plans are unclear but it is obvious his move to Asia worked out very well for him and the change of culture did nothing to take away his enjoyment of the game. We all wish him the very best in his recovery and hope to see more from him in Japan before he hangs up his boots.