The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Adam Hip­kiss

JACK Lester in­sisted there was no time like the present to set out on a new ca­reer af­ter the Ch­ester­field striker an­nounced his re­tire­ment.

The 37-year-old, who joined the Spire­ites from Not­ting­ham For­est in 2007, had al­ready an­nounced his de­ci­sion to leave the club at the end of the sea­son.

It was not known where he would head next but, af­ter con­sid­er­ing his op­tions, Lester has de­cided to hang up his boots.

“I've de­cided to re­tire from football in the sum­mer, which has been a re­ally tough de­ci­sion,” he said. “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 go­ing to do 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.”

Ch­ester­field man­ager Paul Cook added: “There’s no doubt Jack will go down as a Ch­ester­field le­gend.

“He’s been a fan­tas­tic ser­vant to this club and I wish Jack ev­ery suc­cess for the fu­ture.”

RE­TIR­ING: Jack Lester

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