Luton Captain Tom Lockyer 'at Peace' With Retirement Prospect

Luton defender Tom Lockyer admits he is "at peace" with the prospect of not playing football again, but has not ruled out the possibility of returning to the pitch.

The 29-year-old feared he was dying in the harrowing moments after suffering a cardiac arrest against Bournemouth on December 16.

The Wales international said he "literally died" when he collapsed in the 59th minute of the game, which was abandoned, just seven months after falling to the pitch in a similar incident in the Championship playoff final at Wembley.

In March 2024, Lockyer became a dad for the first time and has re-assessed his priorities when looking to the future.

"I've made no secret saying I would love to return to football, but ultimately it would have to come down to someone who's a cardiologist or a specialist who has done full research into what has gone on and if it could happen again, because we've got a little girl now and she takes priority,” Lockyer told BBC Radio Wales Breakfast.

"I would love to play football again, of course I would, it’s my life but if it’s the case that I can't, then I’m at peace with that as well.

"I played for my country, I’ve played in every league and scored in every league from non-league to the Premier League so it’s not the end of the world.

"At the end of the day, I've got my health and that's the most important thing."