Like a growing number of ageing former English Premier League (EPL) stars, George Boateng found himself winding down his playing days in Asia.
But when the 38-year-old Dutchman speaks of a desire to land a coaching role at a Great Eastern-Yeo's S-League club, he is not thinking about one last big payday.
For him, it would represent a new beginning - one that he believes will lead him to managing an EPL side in the not-so-distant future.
"Maybe my predecessors came for different motives," said the Malaysian Super League T-Team midfielder, who is in town on vacation.
"If I were to get a job here in Singapore, it's not because of money; it's because of the driving force within me that I want to achieve something.
"I'm going to use this as a step up and I guarantee you - in the next five years, I'm going to be an EPL manager."
Make no mistake, England's top flight is where the former Dutch international feels he belongs. After all, he did spend the best part of 13 seasons plying his trade with Coventry, Aston Villa, Middlesbrough and Hull.
In fact, Boateng held the league record for number of appearances by a foreign outfield player until last November, when Everton's Sylvain Distin clocked up match No. 385 to break his record.
Now, with his one-year contract with T-Team expiring at the end of the month, the smooth-talking father of two is ready to take on a new challenge.
"I can see myself playing another season quite comfortably and then moving on to managing," said Boateng, who holds a Uefa 'A' coaching licence.