Could Torsten Frings be returning to the playing field this summer? Well, it seems that he might be on the comeback trail in Germany having retired from his professional playing career this February. His retirement came as a result of a series of injury that limited his playing time during the 2012 season and knocked him out after just one game of the 2013 preseason.
At the time of his retirement there was some question of whether it was completely his decision or if the club had decided to pay-out the remainder of his contract to free up the cap space and designated player slot which forced him out sooner than he would have liked. The 36 year old Frings was unlikely to have a lot of miles left in him but he did work hard to come back from off-season surgery and would not have done that if he was ready to retire.
Those suspicions might be true or Frings might just be having a hard time adjusting to retired life as he is now being linked to a comeback. Multiple German outlets reported on Thursday that the former German International is in talks with Alemannia Aachen about playing for the club once again.
Alemannia Aachen is where Frings began his professional playing career all the way back in 1994 having joined their youth setup back in 1990. He played for them until 1997 making over 50 appearances before eventually catching the eye of one of Germany's top clubs. In 1997 Frings moved on to Werder Bremen where he made a name for himself and eventually found his way into the German National Team.
Since Frings left Alemannia Aachen the club has faced a fair few struggles including a series of relegation. They did reach a German Cup final and reached the Bundesliga for the 2006-2007 season but they finished 17th and were relegated. After a good run of stability in the 2. Bundesliga the club faced financial hardships and were relegated to the third division following the 2011-2012 season and filed for bankruptcy in 2012. Things got worse for them this past year though as the club were recently relegated from the 3. Bundesliga and will play in the Regionalliga West next year which is Germany's fourth division.
With the club having fallen so far since their Bundesliga season with Frings it looks like they might be turning to the commanding midfielder for help once again. The reports suggest that the club has contacted Frings about potentially playing for them next season while helping the player work on his coaching education. The deal would allow Frings to attend courses four days a week while once again playing in Alemannia.
The reports also indicated that Frings feels that he is fit enough to help the club having overcome the nagging injuries to his hip that were cited as the reason for his retirement back in February. None of the articles quote Frings on the matter at this point in time but it seems that he has at the very least engaged in talks about making a comeback.
It was clear that Toronto FC needed to look elsewhere for younger players to help in the long run but it would be a shame to know that he still had games left in him when he left Toronto FC.
Would Frings suiting up for club in Germany's fourth division do anything to change your feelings about his retirement and the circumstances that surrounded it?