Jack Lester has announced his retirement from playing on the eve of his last game for Chesterfield.
The former Grimsby Town, Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United striker will hang up his boots after the Spireites’ clash with Exeter tomorrow at the Proact Stadium.
The 37-year-old will explore opportunities to develop his interest in the coaching and psychological aspect of the game.
He began his career with Grimsby before moving to Forest in 2000. After three-and-a-half years at the City Ground he spent 16 months at Sheffield United before rejoining the Reds.
He signed for Chesterfield in the summer of 2007 and has bagged 92 of his 172 career goals for the Spireites.
Lester has excelled both on and off the pitch and has already attained his UEFA B coaching badge and gained qualifications in psychology.
He has also had a taste of coaching at Nottingham Forest’s Nigel Doughty Football Academy.
Lester said: “I’ve spent a lot of time coaching and that’s definitely a route that excites me.
“I don’t think anything will replace playing but I’m looking forward to a new challenge.”
On his retirement from the game, Lester added: “It has been a tough decision but I’ve got some opportunities coming up to observe coaching around the world.
“I’ll get an insight into some international sports psychologists, using their expertise. I’m also doing some coaching in America.
“I’ve got a year before my son starts school, which is why I’ve decided to retire and make the most of the opportunities that are there.”
He announced last month he would be bringing the curtain down on his six-year spell with Chesterfield.