NON-LEAGUE FOOTBALL: Wisbech Town player Luke Hipwell forced to retire at 27 due to knee problem

Luke Hipwell will concentrate on coaching after being forced to retire as a player.

Luke Hipwell will concentrate on coaching after being forced to retire as a player. - Credit: Archant

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.

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“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.

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“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.”

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