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21 March 2022

“I’m sad about it but I am young and there is a lot for me to look forward to in life”

Tristan Nydam says he is considering a future in coaching having made the difficult decision to retire from professional football at the age of 22.

The former Town midfielder called time on his career due to an ankle injury suffered at Notts County ahead of 2019/20 season.

The Academy product broke his ankle and damaged ligaments in the friendly at Meadow Lane, and, despite featuring a handful of times for the U23s and once in the first-team against MK Dons last season, was never able to make a full recovery.

“It was a really tough decision,” Tristan, who made a total of 22 senior appearances for Town after joining the Academy at the age of nine, told the Club website.

“I’ve come to terms with it now and I am happy and looking forward to the future. I’m sad about it but I am only young and there is a lot for me to look forward to in life. I am in a good place.

“I can’t fault anyone at the Club as everyone worked really hard to help me. I played some U23 football and got about 30 minutes against MK Dons last season, but the ankle just never made a full recovery. I also suffered a hamstring injury so that was another setback, and I need to think about my future now, not just football.

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“I’m going to be shadowing some of the coaches at the training ground and I will look to get my UEFA B coaching licence. I’m only 22 and we will see what life brings. Again, the Club has been really good to me and I have spoken to people like Bryan Klug [Head of coaching & player development] and Adem Atay [U18s manager].

“I have never done anything other than play football, though. That was my first job. You don’t think this sort of thing will happen to you but it is what it is and I really enjoyed my time in the game.

“There are a lot of people to thank and I am particularly grateful to Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor for giving me my debut against Luton in 2017. I have loved my time at the Club and now it is time for me to choose my next path.”


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