Ex-Rangers striker Jermain Defoe has signed a new coaching role with former club Tottenham Hotspur which will also see him become an ambassador for the Premier League side.

Defoe, 39, became synonymous with the north London club across two spells where he played 363 matches and scored 143 goals.

Now, the legendary former England striker will return to Tottenham Hotspur in a new coaching role in the club’s Academy whilst he will also represent Spurs on ambassadorial duties.

The new job will see Jermain Defoe work with the Premier League side’s U17s to U21s, sharing his immense striking knowledge and training the next generation of Tottenham stars.

As part of the ambassador role, Jermain will work closely with the club in their community work and in growing their global fanbase.

“Already part of the fabric of our Club thanks to his work on and off the pitch during his previous spells with us – Jermain was awarded an OBE in 2018 for his charitable work – he now begins the next phase of his career by joining our Academy set-up, where he will work closely alongside our existing coaching team to lend his vast experience and knowledge to young players across the Under-17 to Under-21 age categories,” reads a Tottenham Hotspur statement.

“Jermain also assumes the position of Club Ambassador as part of his new role, which will see him once again assist with the Club’s work in our community, engage with our global fanbase and support Club partners.

“Welcome home, JD!”

The striker himself took to social media to express his delight at rejoining his former club and his excitement at starting this new chapter.

Ex-Rangers star Jermain Defoe pens Tottenham Hotspur deal

Jermain Defoe already has experience in something of an ambassadorial role with Tottenham Hotspur too after a pre-season friendly with Rangers.

The legendary forward is one of Britain’s most prominent black sportspeople and presented Spurs with the Walter Tull Memorial Trophy after they defeated the Gers 2-1 at Ibrox this summer.

Jermain Defoe signed for Rangers in the January of 2019 and spent close to three years in Glasgow, including a few months in a player/coaching role, and left the club in January 2022 having lifted 55.

A popular figure during his time at Rangers, JD scored 32 goals in 72 games for the Ibrox side and averaged a goal every 99 minutes.

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Jermain Defoe also represented West Ham United, AFC Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Toronto FC and Sunderland during his playing career and retired in March following a short stint with the Black Cats having scored 305 goals in 762 club matches.

Meanwhile, a popular Rangers star is set to stay at Ibrox this summer amid links south of the border.

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