James is currently playing in Iceland with IBV.
"It's a beautiful country," James told the Daily Mail. "I love it, absolutely. I've never been an inner-city fan."
He may be hooked on fresh air, open spaces and cutting-edge cool but it is the chance to coach which has fired his imagination.
"I would never have just come over here to play games," he added. "It's a long way for a game of football.
"The experience of playing abroad might be worth it, but I've got nine hundred and seventy something games behind me and there has never been a great desire to reach a thousand.
"The attraction was to be part of the coaching set-up. I came to do the coaching. My real goal is to develop our younger keepers and get one of them through for the first team. If that happens this season, fantastic.
"There's plenty of opportunity to do stuff. I'll coach anyone, players from the youth team or the women's teams. I've told them if anyone wants to do some individual work, tell me and we'll do it.
"Last week I was doing three sessions some days."