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'I’m not coming for an extended holiday,' says Joe Cole as he jets off to play in America

Joe Cole and Freddy Adu, together at last at the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

Cole: Rowdies have the option to extend his deal for a second season in 2018.
Cole: Rowdies have the option to extend his deal for a second season in 2018.

JOE COLE IS set for a stint in American football’s second tier after agreeing a move to NASL club Tampa Bay Rowdies.

The former England international will leave Coventry City at the end of the season to make the move to Florida.

Cole’s one-year deal will see him team up with legendary Football Manager wonderkid Freddy Adu in Tampa, while former League of Ireland stars Eamon Zayed, Richie Ryan and Colin Falvey are also plying their trade in the NASL.

No contract details have been disclosed other than the Rowdies’ option to extend Cole’s stay for a second season in 2018.

“My desire to win football matches is still there,” he insisted. “I’m not coming for an extended holiday.

“I want to win football matches and of course experience a new lifestyle with my family, but the priority for me is success on the pitch.”

Cole, 34, won three Premier League titles during his Chelsea days and made 56 senior appearances for England including games at the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

“Cole has appeared in more World Cups than Gary Lineker, won more EPL Championships than Bryan Robson and more FA Cups than David Beckham,” said club owner Bill Edwards.

“It’s a career he can be proud of, and on top of that, he is a great guy. This is a significant signing for the NASL and we are proud to have him as part of the Rowdies team.”

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