Former Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers midfielder Jay Spearing joined boyhood club Liverpool in a playing and coaching role.
Spearing spent half of the 2015/16 campaign on loan at Rovers from Bolton Wanderers, scoring once in 15 appearances. After leaving Bolton in the summer of 2017, he moved to Bloomfield Road for four seasons with the Seasiders.
The midfielder scored eight goals in 120 games during that spell before leaving in the summer of 2020. He then spent the next two seasons at Tranmere Rovers in League Two.
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Spearing is a free agent this summer after leaving the Prenton Park side. But he has now returned to where it all began for him in his professional career.
He will work with the Liverpool Under-18s coaching them and will also be eligible to play for the club’s Under-21s. Spearing made his Liverpool debut in 2008 and racked up 55 appearances for the Anfield side.
Academy manager Alex Inglethorpe said: “It’s fantastic to welcome Jay back to the Academy and he will be working with the U18s as a full-time coach. Jay will be working with Bridgey (Marc Bridge -Wilkinson) and Tim (Tim Jenkins) and he is actively involved on the training ground with our young players.
“He will also be eligible to play for the U21s to provide experience for young players when we need him.
“Jay is still quite young and the impact he can have around the U18s is invaluable as he is someone who lives and breathes this club. More importantly, Jay has played in all four divisions so I think He will be a very good addition for us.”