Playing football is all that Sean Leadbetter has wanted to do, but with a double leg break occurring just weeks after his return from another serious injury, the midfielder was forced to hang up his boots at the age of 32 in December.
Leadbetter had never faced any significant injury problems in his career, but in October 2016, a home game vs Alresford Town was abandoned after the midfielder suffered a horror injury, resulting in a prolonged spell on the sidelines for the midfielder.
Shortly after his return, Leadbetter would be dealt the final blow in an away victory against Bashley, coming off injured early.
The combative midfielder spent two spells in his career at his final club, Bournemouth Poppies, whilst also having a spell at Ringwood Town.
After enjoying a successful career in the lower tiers of the game, Sean is now focussed on forging a coaching career, and is currently gaining valuable experience towards this.
With the support of manager Michael Cuffie, assistant manager Leo Cabaleira and club captain/coach Fawzi Saadi, Sean is playing a vital role in the coaching of the side he was forced to stop playing for just a few weeks ago.
Bournemouth Poppies currently sit mid-table in the Wessex Premier League, but have won more games this season than last already. The club is aiming for promotion in the long term.