NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Wisbech Town player Luke Hipwell forced to retire at 27 due to knee problem
PUBLISHED: 15:15 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 16:15 07 March 2018
Wisbech Town defender Luke Hipwell has been forced to call time on his playing career at the age of 27.
Hipwell has been troubled by a long-term knee injury which has prevented him from making a single appearance for the Fenmen this season.
He has made the decision to hang up his boots following a recent consultation with a specialist and will now focus on coaching.
Hipwell has worked as part of the club’s management team under former boss Dick Creasey and current chief Gary Setchell – and that will be his focus going forward.
Hipwell said: “I’ve had an ongoing knee issue for the last year.
“After a series of scans and seeing a specialist it was confirmed that I am no longer able to play.
“Although I’m gutted about it, I understand that my health is the main priority.
“I have really enjoyed my time playing for Wisbech and my previous clubs.
“The Wisbech fans, players, staff, committee and numerous volunteers have made me feel very welcome.
“My time as a player has come to an end, but I will continue to support the club as much as I can as a coach.”
Hipwell joined Wisbech from Yaxley in the summer of 2015. He made 80 appearances for the club and scored one goal.
Wisbech boss Setchell said: “Unfortunately I’ve not had the chance to see ‘Hippy’ play and it’s very sad to see his career get cut short.
“We are happy he wants to stay and pursue a coaching role and I’m sure he will become a great coach.”