FORMER Hartlepool United and Scottish international Kevin Kyle has traded his lavish lifestyle for being a ship’s cleaner.
Kyle, who scored five goals in 15 apperances for Pools during a loan spell in 2008, started his professional career at Sunderland and went on to play for Glasgow Rangers and Hearts as well as his home country.
He is said to have earned £10,000 a week when he signed for Glasgow Rangers in 2012 but is now stacking boxes and cleaning toilets on the former ferry Regina Baltica.
Kyle’s career was beset with injury problems and a serious gambling problem and at one time he admitted to blowing £7,000 a week at the bookies.
Late on in his career he gave up his time to warn youngsters about the dangers of gambling.
The vessel, which is a floating hotel for oil industry workers, is moored at Lerwick on the Shetlands Island.
Father-of-three Kyle, now 33, left his last club, Ayr United, earlier this year and now works for caterers Sodexo since the beginning of the month.
A fellow worker on the vessel described Kevin as “a good lad” and said everyone got on with him.
He said: “He has no problems with his new job saying that he is simply trying to put ‘food on the table’ for his family.”