Newport’s David Pipe to hang up boots at end of season

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Newport right-back David Pipe has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season.

Newport right-back David Pipe has announced he will retire from football at the end of the season.

Pipe has made 205 appearances for the Exiles over two spells at the club, having also played for the likes of Notts County and Bristol Rovers during his 20-year career.

He alsowon one cap for Wales.

The 35-year-old, who has been Newport’s strength and conditioning coach this season, will now focus his efforts on helping the nextgeneration.

Pipe said at a press conference, as reported by his club’s website: ‘I’ll be making a clean cut from football at the end of the season.

‘You can’t be half a professional footballer and half training children.

It’s come to the point where I’ve had to make a decision and that’s what I’ll be doing come the end of the season.

‘ Newport are 11th in League Two on 64 points, two adrift of the play-off places with three games remaining.

Pipe added: ‘The dream would be to get into the play-offs and getting through them with Wembley being my last game.

If you were to write something perfect then that’s what I’d write.’

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