Former goalkeeper Petr Cech has made a shock change of sport after signing for ice hockey club Guildford Pheonix until the end of the season.
Cech retired from professional football at the end of last season and has been training with the club as he bids to begin his ice hockey career.
The former Arsenal and Chelsea goalkeeper will be playing as a netminder for the Surrey-based club for the campaign and admitted he is delighted to make the switch to a new sport.
He said: ‘I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Pheonix to get the match experience.
‘I hope I can help this young team to achieve their goals for the season and try to win as many games as possible when I have the chance to play.
‘After 20 years of professional football this is going to be a wonderful experience for me to play the game I loved to watch and play as a kid.’
The Pheonix head coach Andy Hemmings said: ‘The signing of Petr is massive for the Pheonix.
‘He is a great guy who trains hard and I cannot wait to see him make his debut’.
Cech, who is currently a technical and performance advisor at Stamford Bridge, retired from football at the end of last season.
The Czech goalkeeper kept 202 clean sheets in a Premier League career spanning 15 years, 11 with Chelsea and four with Arsenal.
He won the Premier league four times, the FA cup four times, the League Cup three times and picked up a Champions League winner’s medal in 2011-12.