Nuneaton Town have appointed Jon Ashton as player-assistant manager.
The 34 year-old, who hails from the Whitestone area of Nuneaton and attended Thomas Moore School, has enjoyed a long and successful career in the professional game as a no-nonsense and tough-tackling defender.
A product of the Leicester City Academy, where he emerged through the ranks from the age of 12 to eventually sign professional forms and make Premier League appearances in 2001/02.
Having been loaned out to Notts County and Oxford United, he joined the latter on a permanent basis in 2003 and went on to figure over 100 times for the club.
Spells with Rushden & Diamonds and Grays Athletic followed before he was snapped up by Stevenage Borough at the turn of 2009 and it was to prove to be a highly-successful time as he helped the club secure back-to-back promotions into The Football League and then League One.
Skippering the side and leading by example, he earned numerous Player of the Season accolades and England ‘C’ caps along the way as he made over 220 appearances for the club and was a firm favourite amongst the supporters for his never-say-die attitude and commitment to the cause.
After leaving Stevenage in the summer of 2015, he moved on to Crawley Town and then Braintree Town for whom he made National League appearances last term before going back to Grays Athletic for a time on loan.
“I have known Jon for a long time,” said manager, Tommy Wright. “He was a couple of years ahead of me when we were coming through the ranks at Leicester but we made our senior debuts in the same year and had the same group of friends.
“He will bring a lot of qualities to us both on and off-the-field. He is a winner and the young lads here will learn a lot from his experience and desire.
“He has been educated the right way and the number of Football League games that he has under his belt proves that.
“With all the pre-season work now done, Jon will be able to take a back seat and learn about the players and what makes them tick. He is going to be a leader and a positive and experienced voice in the dressing room.
“He’ll also be another body to add to the playing staff.
“It was important that I brought the right person into this role; Jon is someone whom I know I will have a good working relationship with straight away. He ticks a lot of boxes in regards to what we are trying to achieve here and I can’t wait to start working with him.”