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Veteran goalkeeper to end 32-year playing career

The Football League’s oldest player is set to retire at the end of the season following a career spanning four decades.

Kevin Poole, who is 48, has made 123 appearances for League Two club Burton Albion and has also represented nine other clubs including Leicester, Derby and Birmingham.

Poole, who made his competitive debut for boyhood club Aston Villa in 1984, has decided to hang up his gloves having recently become assistant to current Brewers caretaker boss Gary Rowett.

“I've had a great career and 32 years is enough,” Poole 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.”

The goalkeeper has made over 400 Football League appearances and was previously coached by England's 1966 World Cup winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks.

Poole’s last first team appearance for Burton came in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy match against Rotherham and the Bromsgrove-born keeper hopes to play in one final game before the end of the season.

He continued: “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.”

Poole’s affiliation with the Brewers is likely to continue in the future whatever transpires at the end of the campaign.

He concluded: “Hopefully, things will work out and I would love to stay on as goalkeeping coach.”

By Daniel Ludlam

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