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CONCORD RANGERS has confirmed that midfielder, Lee Minshull, has retired from playing and will now solely concentrate on his role as assistant manager to Danny Scopes.
Minshull represented no less than ten clubs during his career, playing league football with AFC Wimbledon as well as twice starring for Newport County at Wembley Stadium in their FA Trophy and National League play-off finals against York City and Wrexham respectively.
After spells at Bromley and Leatherhead, the Chatham-born player linked up with the Beach Boys in 2018 and adopted the assistant role at the start of the last campaign.
“Being a player/assistant felt like the right step at this stage of my career,” Minshull told www.concordrangers.co.uk.
“Whilst it was a bit of a disappointing season in terms of playing, the management side of things was brilliant and a great insight into that side of things.
“Scopesy and myself have similar views on how we want things done, and it was good to bounce off the rest of the management team and learn a new mindset.”
And the 34-year-old insisted he is relishing the new challenge, without the pressures of playing; “Yes, I am looking forward to it,” he added.
“Last season I was always doing rehab and trying to train to get myself out on the pitch. This year I can concentrate on the coaching, take more sessions and also will be available for the lads to work on improving things more specifically and individually.”
And boss Scopes shared that optimism: “Working with Lee last year as player/assistant-manager, I could see how hard and frustrating it was for him trying to play more and deal with the injuries,” he told Yellow Sport.
“I believe he has come to turns to terms with retiring and will now grow into the new role more.
“Lee’s a great asset to the club. He’s someone I really respect and look forward to us getting down to work once football returns.”