Jason Pearce has introduced his retirement from enjoying and accepted a task in Charlton Athletic’s academy.
The skilled centre-back, 34, was not provided contemporary phrases on the finish of final season and was weighing up his future.
Pearce has opted to take a training function with the Addicks’ U18 group.
The former Portsmouth, Wigan and Bournemouth defender performed greater than 600 senior matches.
Pearce informed the membership’s official web site: “Throughout the summer I have had a few options to play elsewhere. In the end it came down to what I felt was right for me and my family. I felt it was time for me to retire and go into something new, something I was really passionate about.
“I have grown into loving coaching and I have a lot of passion to help the young ones coming through, and a lot of experience as well that I can help them with. I can see the infrastructure and foundations are being built around us, you can see that the club is moving forwards and I’m really excited to be a part of it.
“I am delighted that the club has shown faith in me and hopefully I can be at the club for years to come.”
Academy director Steve Avory added: “I am delighted that we have managed to get this one over the line. He has shown a lot of interest in our academy players, particularly so when he started doing his A licence and he was looking to get his practical experience at that time.
“He consistently came in to do some work with the U15s and U16s and worked with our coaches at the time as well. There has always been that feeling of genuine interest in him moving into the academy programme.”
Addicks proprietor Thomas Sandgaard stated: “We have been talking for many months to Jason and are really pleased we’ve found the right role for him at the club. During his playing career at Charlton he has spent time working with and developing our academy players and they’ve really benefited from his expertise.
“He is a good personality to have around the club with his leadership skills and extensive knowledge of the game, so he is an excellent addition to our academy coaching staff.”