Craig Gordon has indicated that his playing career could be finished if he does not find a club soon.
The 30-year old goalkeeper, who joined Sunderland from Heart of Midlothian for £9million in 2007, was released by the Black Cats in May last year after failing to fully recover from a broken arm and has opened the door to a future in coaching.
"It's very unlikely I will be playing again this season," he said.
"In fact, I am not sure if I will play again so I'm looking to get into coaching as I want to remain in the game.
"I'm not ruling out playing again but I need to get things in place if the news is not good."
"I'm certainly not ready to chuck it just yet although it's been a long time, I'm still not sure where I will be going," he added.
"I've had some surgery on the arm, but it's not there yet. Whether I can get back to the level that I want is something I will have to find out. But at the moment it is not where I would like it to be.
"But as time goes on I have to put things in place for when that day finally arrives to call it a day.
"I really enjoyed it helping out Ian and the lads. It's something I want to do.
"I don't have the badges yet but it gave me an opportunity to see what it's all about."