Stuart Parnaby could be set for a new dual role at Hartlepool United - with manager Ronnie Moore to make a decision in the next few weeks.
The 32-year-old defender missed the bulk of last season with a serious knee injury and was one of nine players to leave in the summer.
But the ex-Middlesbrough and Birmingham City defender has been training with the club all summer, as previously revealed by SportMail.
Parnaby featured in a couple of pre-season friendlies and Moore says he is contemplating a new role for him - combining playing and physio work.
“Stuart has been doing some fitness work with Buster [head physio Ian Gallagher] and he wants to get into that side of things too,” Moore told SportMail.
“He has pre-seasoned really well and we will have a look at him and see whether he can combine both roles.
“We have a fitness coach in Craig [Hubbard] already, it would be more the physio side and rehab side and also being able to play.
“We are looking at it but the most important thing for him is to play.
“I will probably make a decision in a couple of weeks as to what road we go down with him.”
It was initially thought Parnaby was out for the season after surgery on his patella tendon injury back in November, ruling him out for nine months. But he made good progress and returned to the squad for the Luton game at the end of the season.
Moore released him at the end of the campaign. But Parnaby could still have a future at the club after all.