Veteran Burton Albion goalkeeper Kevin Poole to retire
Veteran Burton Albion goalkeeper Kevin Poole will retire at the end of the season after a 32-year career.
The Football League's oldest registered player at 48, Poole has represented nine clubs, including Leicester City, Derby County and Birmingham City.
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Poole came through the youth ranks at Aston Villa - the team he followed as a boy - and he made his debut in 1984 in a 2-0 win against Tottenham
One of Poole's early goalkeeping coaches was England's 1966 World-Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks
"I've had a great career and 32 years is enough," he told BBC Radio Derby.
"It's taken me a while to decide. But the last couple of months it's taken me a long time to recover from games I have played in and I think it's the right decision."
Poole, who came through the youth ranks at Aston Villa, said he has some great memories from a career which spans four decades.
"I was a big Villa fan as a kid and I used to go and watch them, so to make my debut for them was unbelievable," he said.
"I had good times over the years, a good couple of years at Middlesbrough, good times at Leicester playing in the play-offs at Wembley.
"I've really enjoyed my six years here. I only came for a couple of games!"
Poole's last senior appearance for Burton Albion was in October 2010 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy against Rotherham United.
And the Bromsgrove-born keeper hopes to play one final game in either of Burton's remaining two fixtures this season.
He said: "I will be on the bench and if things are going quite well I might get on for five minutes. But I don't know, it depends."
But he hopes his association with the Brewers will not come to an end whatever transpires.
"Hopefully, things will work out and I would love to stay on as goalkeeping coach," he added.