Former Eastwood Town star Ian Deakin has been announced as joint-manager of Kimberley Miners Welfare.
Deakin, 29, spent several years with the Badgers as well as turning out for clubs such as Mansfield Town, Heanor Town, Buxton, Staveley MW and most recently Shaw Lane Aquaforce in the Evo-Stik League.
But after picking up a serious injury last season he has now dropped down the levels to take on his first coaching role alongside current Miners boss Martin Lench.
Deakin said: “I suffered a ruptured achilles last year which has ended up playing a big part in this decision.
“I still hope to play again in the future, but I can’t rush things otherwise there’s a risk it could make things worse.
“I’d had offers to join clubs higher up, including to stay at Shaw Lane, but because I live in Kimberley and grew up in the area I saw this as an opportunity to come and give something back, as well as it being easier for me for family reasons.
“I know Martin Lench very well and am looking forward to working with him here. I always wanted to go into management and although it’s happened a bit earlier than expected, it’s benefiting both Kimberley and me.”
Despite getting injured in February and missing the rest of the campaign, Deakin played a big part in helping Shaw Lane to a play-off spot in Evo-Stik Division One South last season.
He was part of the successful Eastwood Town squad that won promotion to the Conference North in 2009 as well as reaching the FA Cup third round in the same season, and hopes his experience and contacts in the game will be beneficial to Kimberley.
He added: “I learned a lot from Eastwood, helping them progress through the leagues and learning all about the team spirit needed to achieve that, something I’m keen to help replicate here.
“I’ve spoken to Richard Cooper (ex-Eastwood coach) at Mansfield and they’re going to help me with my rehab, and I’ve got lots of good people I’ve worked with on hand to give advice if needed. I’m hoping I may even be able to bring in some former team-mates to play at Kimberley too.
“I’ve got lots of experience behind me that means I can help the younger players, and although I intend to get back playing at some point I am keen to bring in a number one goalkeeper as well.
“I’ve had a good career and I hope it’ll continue, even if I’m playing in the reserves initially.
“This is a club that’s been around a long time and it would be good to help it progress in a county where quite a few clubs are rebuilding, like Eastwood and Basford.”
Kimberley recently appointed Matt Hind and Adrian Smith as their new reserve team managers while Tony Clarke will take charge of the U19 squad.