Ex-Wigan star De Zeeuw now living "boy’s dream" in new job with ‘cars and guns’

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Most footballers head into punditry, management or simply kick back and relax after retiring – but Arjan de Zeeuw did quite the opposite in 2009.

The former Wigan defender turns 52 on Saturday, though he may not be enjoying his day with cake, confetti and cake – and rather ‘fast cars and guns’. De Zeeuw spent most of his footballing career in the English top-flight, with the likes of Barnsley and Portsmouth, but now spends his time working for the Dutch police force.

Speaking to his former Latics team-mate Emmerson Boyce on the latter’s podcast in 2020, De Zeeuw revealed that he is now living the ‘boys’ dream’. He explained: “I still work with the Dutch police force, believe it not as an inspector, or detective as you call it. I realised that I loved playing football so much that I didn't not want to play it and be on the side of the pitch all the time.

"I realised I didn't want to be on the football pitch not playing football, so I thought no, I'm not going to do all the badges and go into management, I'm just going to get completely out of football altogether. Having a medical degree, my first idea was to become a doctor, but at the time the Dutch police were looking for people with higher education to do a fast-track course into the police force.

"It sounded a little bit like a boys' dream – being in fast cars and having a gun and all that stuff and I realised it was still going to take me a long time to become a doctor, whereas it was a much quicker route into the police force.”

De Zeeuw retired in 2009 at ADO ’20 having made just 12 appearances for the club. He spent the previous campaign at Coventry City but struggled to tie down a starting spot at the Championship outfit due to recurring injuries.

Explaining his thought process behind heading into the police force, the ex-defender continued: “I thought 'hang on', I'll just try it, just like I did with coming across to England [to play football]. I thought I'll just try it and see how it goes and I have to say, I really enjoy it.

“Being a footballer, obviously you have the good lifestyle and are a bit of a figure in the community because you play for the local team and all that. Being a policeman, you see the other side of society. It's interesting, I'll tell you that – and I do have a fast car and I do have a gun.

"It's similar to playing football in the sense that you really depend on your colleagues. In a football team, you depend on your teammates; in the police, you rely on your colleagues. It's a good togetherness, let me put it that way.”

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