Manager Nigel Pearson hopes Kevin Phillips will become part of Leicester City's coaching set-up when the striker finally calls time on his career.
The 40-year-old has joined the Championship leaders on a deal until the end of the season.
Pearson told BBC Radio Leicester: "I'd like to introduce him to the coaching side of the club at a later date.
"We have spoken about that but, for this season, he wants to concentrate on playing and I am happy for that."
However, Pearson still believes Phillips will be a valuable playing asset before he does retire after a 285-goal, nine-club career.
"He brings vast experience and quality, so forget the number that is associated with his name - and his age," Pearson said.
"He is a great addition to the club."