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THIERRY HENRY will take his first step into coach­ing this sum­mer... in Wales.

The Arse­nal leg­end an­nounced his re­tire­ment from play­ing last month af­ter his con­tract at New York Red Bulls ex­pired.

But Henry, 37, will start tak­ing his coach­ing badges af­ter sign­ing on to the UEFA B li­cence course at the Football As­so­ci­a­tion of Wales’ head­quar­ters at Dragon Park in New­port.

Henry has been in Wales this week to view the fa­cil­i­ties and also de­liv­ered a short class­room pre­sen­ta­tion to Osian Roberts’ Wales Un­der-16 side.

The French­man, Arse­nal’s record goalscorer, will be joined by for­mer Gun­ners team-mate Fred­die Ljung­berg on the course fol­low­ing a glow­ing rec­om­men­da­tion by Man City’s Elite De­vel­op­ment Squad man­ager Pa­trick Vieira, who also took his badges across the Sev­ern Bridge.

It is the lat­est coup for the FAW, with the likes of Ever­ton boss Roberto Martinez, Swansea chief Garry Monk, Jens Lehmann and Sol Camp­bell all com­ing through their sys­tem in re­cent years.

Henry, who joined Sky TV as a pun­dit this month, has been ear­marked as a fu­ture Arse­nal coach.

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