Wisbech Town defender Luke Hipwell has been forced to retire from playing at the age of 27 due to the long-term knee injury which has prevented him from making a single appearance this season.

‘Hippy’ had the news confirmed last Tuesday after meeting with a specialist. He joined the Fenmen in June 2015, following Brett Whaley from Yaxley.

He went on to make 80 appearances for the first team, scoring one goal.

He has released the following statement:

‘For the last year, I have had an ongoing knee issue, which has meant that my playing time has been limited. Under managers Dick Creasey and Gary Setchell I have assumed a coaching role which has become more permanent this season rather than playing.

After a series of scans and seeing a specialist on Tuesday it was confirmed to me that I would no longer be able to play due to a long-term knee condition. Although I am gutted about this, I understand that my health is also a priority. I have really enjoyed my time playing for Wisbech as well as previous clubs. The Wisbech fans, players, staff, committee and numerous volunteers have made me feel very welcome at the club.

Although my time as a player has come to an end I will continue support the club as much as I can as a coach and pursue this path. Thanks to everyone who has supported me during my time as a player.

Up the Fenmen.

Cheers, Hippy.’

Manager Gary Setchell said: “Unfortunately, I never got the chance to see Hippy play but obviously when someone’s career gets cut short, it’s very sad. He is a young coach and he will now turn his attention to that and become a great coach.

“We are happy that he wants to stay and pursue a coaching role where he can continue to be a valuable member of our squad in a different capacity.”

Source: www.wisbechtownfc.co.uk

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