Mansfield Town favourite Jamie McGuire has accepted a coaching role in our academy, the club is pleased to announce.
The news follows an offer made to the midfielder by manager Steve Evans.
McGuire, 33, played 107 matches for the Stags, scoring three goals in all competitions since signing from Fleetwood Town in the summer of 2013.
And the popular player will now be part of the club's backroom staff, coaching players in the under 21s and youth teams.
The midfield tiger has called time on a professional playing career which started at Tranmere Rovers, but still harbours ambitions of playing part-time.
Speaking to www.mansfieldtown.net today, McGuire said: “I was 'made up' by the offer, delighted to accept it and am really looking forward to this new challenge.
”I'd like to say a big thank you to the gaffer (Steve Evans), chairman (John Radford) and the chief executive (Carolyn Radford).
“I gave 100% in every game for Mansfield Town and that's what I’ll be giving in this new role in the academy.
“I will miss playing [professionally] a lot, especially at the One Call Stadium, though I think I have a couple of years left in me playing part-time.
“I have a lot of learning to do, but I'm eager to develop as a coach. I'll be giving my heart and soul to this new role,” he added.