Luke Chadwick has announced his retirement from playing football with Ryman League Division One North club Soham Town Rangers to take up a full-time coaching role with Cambridge United.
The 35-year-old former Manchester United midfielder arrived at Julius Martin Lane in November having been released from the Abbey Stadium at the end of the previous season, going onto make eighteen appearances for the Greens.
Chadwick has been appointed Cambridge’s new Foundation Phase lead coach where he will be responsible for players between the pre-academy and under-12’s age brackets.
Commenting on the appointment, Chadwick said: “I’m absolutely delighted and it’s great to come back to the club that I’ve supported and love to have such an important job coaching young players within the Academy.
“I look forward to working closely with the players between the pre-academy and under-12 age groups, and aiding them on to the next stage of their development.
“As a fan, player and now a coach, there is nothing better than seeing young players come through the system. It means so much to this football club and gives everybody around the place, from the board, staff, players and the fans, a big lift.
“The club has some hugely experienced coaches and I can’t wait to learn as much as I can from them. They will certainly support me through the transition into the job, by lending me their advice and expertise.”