STEPHEN WRIGHT admits it was easy to call time on his playing career because he enjoys coaching at Wrexham so much.
The 37-year-old defender turned out for the likes of Liverpool, Sunderland and Coventry City before playing for the Reds from 2012-14.
Although he was playing for Denbigh in the Cymru Alliance this season, Wright was brought in to help Joey Jones coach the youth team after Andy Davies was appointed as assistant manager to Reds’ boss Dean Keates.
“With Andy moving up to the first team as Dean’s assistant, they asked me to come in and coach the young lads with Joey,” said Wright, who helped Wrexham win the FA Trophy in 2013.
“Coaching is something that I will be looking forward to in the near future and it is a bit of experience for me.
“It is the right time as just after Christmas I stopped playing football. My last game was January 2 or 3 and I have now officially retired.
“I have finished my B licence badges and I going to do my A licence in the summer.”
Wright has played for a few clubs since leaving Wrexham but he has continued training at the club and coaching was the next step in his career.
“I played at Aberystwyth for seven or eight months, and went onto Rhyl with Dean Keates,” said Wright. “Then I played for Denbigh.
“I came in to help Joey at the end of November.
“My missus said do you want to carry on playing and I said ‘yes, I love football more than anything’.
“To retire just after Christmas, I think it more so the fact that I was enjoying the coaching side with Joey and the academy here.”