CONCORD Rangers’ player/assistant manager Lee Minshull has opted to hang up his boots, writes Euan Rourke.

The 34-year-old played for a total of 10 clubs during his career.

But, after a series of injuries last season, Minshull will now concentrate on his coaching “It’s not a nice feeling being told you need to retire but upon reflection, I feel grateful for the achievements and memories I have,” said Minshull.

“It’s been a real journey, with some unbelievable experiences along the way.

“I never imagined I’d go on to enjoy promotions to the Football League with AFC Wimbledon and Newport County and make the number of League appearances that I did “Last season I was always doing rehab and trying to train to get myself out on the pitch.

“But 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 Minshull has already been enjoying working as a coach.

“Being player / assistant manager felt like the right step at this stage of my career,” said Minshull.

“While 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.”

“I have really enjoyed my time at Concord, making the playoffs in the first season, and then last season’s efforts in the FA Trophy. I’m gutted I couldn’t contribute more on the pitch last season but I feel grateful to have made the step into coaching.”