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Everton legend Tony Hibbert comes out of retirement to play French 10th level minnows Louzy

Everton legend Tony Hibbert ‘comes out of retirement’ at age 40! As the defender who never scored a goal during his 15-year career ‘signs for the ES Louzy minnows’ who are in the tenth level of French football

  • Tony Hibbert retired from soccer in 2016 after 15 years playing for Everton
  • Since retiring, he has spent his time running a carp fishery in northern France.
  • Hibbert is now ready to return to the tenth level of French football with ES Louzy.
  • He has been in talks since May to get a license to play for the club.


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Everton legend Tony Hibbert retired as a single-club player, but has now made a surprising return to the game at the 10th level of French football.

The 40-year-old retired in 2016 after Everton decided not to renew the local star’s contract.

Hibbert, who never scored a goal during his professional career, made 328 appearances for the Toffees in 15 years after debuting in 2001.

Tony Hibbert retired in 2016, but is ready to return in the 10th level of French football

Tony Hibbert retired in 2016, but is ready to return in the 10th level of French football

La Nouvelle Republique They have reported that Hibbert received his veteran’s license to play for the ES Louzy club in District D2.

Louzy president Jerome Archambeau is quoted as saying: ‘I was looking for a small club to stay in shape and was already taking care of our under 13 team.

“ He really wanted to go back and get back to the basics of football after a career like this is good for him.

“The idea is that you bring us your experience and that you enjoy what you are doing.

“We are a family club, and I think that’s what he liked, which is the spirit of camaraderie rather than competition.”

Discussions for Hibbert to obtain his license to play at the club are said to have taken place since May.

Hibbert (left) brought in a 33-acre carp fishery after his retirement in 2016

Hibbert (left) brought in a 33-acre carp fishery after his retirement in 2016

Hibbert (left) brought in a 33-acre carp fishery after his retirement in 2016

The small town of Louzy is located in central France between Nantes and Poitiers.

It is added that the objective of the club is not to generate a stir, but to benefit from the “undeniable contribution of a key footballer”.

Hibbert is a keen fisherman and brought a 33 acre carp fishery to the northern French village of Villiers-en-Prayeres towards the end of his playing career.

Since retiring in 2016, he had spent time running the Lac de Premiere venue, welcoming fishermen from all over the world.

As reported by the Sun, the site also has a restaurant with capacity for 80 people, a sports bar and a shower block.

It was said that for up to £ 550 a week, guests can fish in two lakes, and that price includes food, although they would have to bring their own tent.

The defender has been working since May to be able to play for ES Louzy French

The defender has been working since May to be able to play for ES Louzy French

The defender has been working since May to be able to play for ES Louzy French

Some of Hibbert’s soccer friends have visited to enjoy the lakes, including Wycombe goalkeeper David Stockdale.

The 40-year-old holds the record for most appearances without scoring a goal by an outfield player at Goodison Park.

Everton fans used to joke: “Hibbo scores, we rebelled.” This led to a minor invasion of the field when he scored in a 4-1 win over AEK Athens in his testimony in 2012.

Hibbert has yet to learn French and is now eligible to play for his new team, which ranks eighth in their division.

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