Shrewsbury Town star Paul Parry and wife kicking off a new business
Coaching, punditry, and running a pub – those are the traditional lines of work for footballers reaching the end of their careers.
But Shrewsbury Town star Paul Parry is lining up an entirely different sort of work after he and his wife Samantha Parry launched a property management company in Shropshire.
The Welsh international striker, 32, says he has no plans to hang up his boots just yet, but the Baschurch couple have launched Parry Property Management, to work with landlords across the county on their rented houses.
He said: "It has been 12 to 18 months worth of planning, it's not something we have dived into overnight.
"We have been landlords ourselves over the last 10 years, and football is a short-term career and you have to have something when it is finished.
"I hope to be playing for a good few years to come, but Samantha is business minded, and is the main driving force behind it. I will help in whatever way I can."
Mr Parry added: "As a footballer I have travelled around a lot and moved to Shropshire last autumn, and if we didn't think we could stick we wouldn't have got this business up and running. As a family we are happy and hopefully we will stay here for many years to come."
The company launched a week ago, with a new website built by Shrewsbury design and marketing agency Clear.
Samantha Parry added: "We are delighted to have launched our new website and brand in time for spring, traditionally a popular time for people to consider a move.
"The rental market has constantly out-performed the sales market in recent years, and so our new website will provide an important information platform from which we will be able to provide successful solutions and relationships with our tenants and landlords."
Stuart Loughnane of Clear said: "We are delighted to have been involved in creating the brand identity along with the development of a website for a company with so much promise.
"The website looks great and has been built in order to maximise usability to ensure a rewarding experience for both landlords and tenants, reflecting the entire ethos of Parry Property Management."
The company says incentives will be offered for the first 20 landlords to join.
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