FORMER Sunderland star Kevin Kyle has traded his lavish lifestyle for being a ship’s cleaner.
Kyle signed for the Black Cats in 1998 as a youth player and went on to make 93 appearance in eight years, scoring 13 goals.
He left the Stadium of Light in 2006 in a £600,000 move to Coventry City.
He is said to have earned £10,000 a week when he signed for Glasgow Rangers in 2012 but is now stacking boxes and cleaning toilets on the former ferry Regina Baltica.
Kyle’s career was beset with injury problems and a serious gambling problem and at one time he admitted to blowing £7000 a week at the bookies.
Late on in his career he gave up his time to warn youngsters about the dangers of gambling.
The vessel, which is a floating hotel for oil industry workers, is moored at Lerwick.
Father-of-three Kyle left his last club, Ayr United, earlier this year and now works for caterers Sodexo since the beginning of the month.
A fellow worker on the vessel described Kevin as “a good lad” and said everyone got on with him.
He said: “He has no problems with his new job saying that he is simply trying to put ‘food on the table’ for his family.”