Scott Parker has set his sights on becoming a manager when he retires - and his current boss insists the former England international will be a good one.
But Kit Symons refused to be drawn on whether Parker is to hang up his boots when the midfielder's current contract runs out next summer, 2016.
The Fulham captain was beset with niggling injuries towards the end of a struggling campaign despite turning out 41 times as he guided Whites to a place of safety. And the 34-year-old admitted he has no wish to drop down leagues as he gets older.
“At this moment in time it’s not something I see myself doing, and I’ll make that call nearer the time, but I would like to manage. It’s something I definitely want to do,” Parker added.
Symons endorses Parker the boss, but was cagier on how long the former West Ham and Chelsea player has on a pitch.
“It’s very much a case of starting the season and not looking too far ahead,” the gaffer explained.
“Scott’s taking his pro licence now, and he actively speaks with myself and the staff with regards to coaching and the way we do things.
“He’s one of those students of the game, if you like. I can certainly see Scott going down those lines. He’s a good guy and has a lot to offer.”