Ex-Leicester City defender Matt Heath focuses on coaching duties at Tadcaster Albion

Matt Heath attempts to get on the end of a corner for Tadcaster Albion last season (Photo: Ian Parker)

Matt Heath attempts to get on the end of a corner for Tadcaster Albion last season (Photo: Ian Parker)

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Former Premier League player Matt Heath admitted he could have played his final match due to his commitments in the dugout at Tadcaster Albion.

Heath joined Tadcaster alongside Billy Miller 12 months ago initially as a player but was promoted to assistant manager following the exit of Mike Morton.

Matt Heath joined Albion alongside boss Billy Miller from Harrogate Railway (Photo: Ian Parker)

Matt Heath joined Albion alongside boss Billy Miller from Harrogate Railway (Photo: Ian Parker)

The former Leeds United and Leicester defender helped the club achieve promotion from the Northern Counties East League but sustained a leg injury near the end of last season and did not recover in time to play a part in the title-clinching run-in.

He has yet to take part in pre-season and is unsure whether he will put on a shirt again competitively.

“I haven’t made any firm decisions,” Heath said.

“But I always feel you can’t do both things at 100 per cent. If you are playing, you can’t assist properly. It’s impossible to do both to the maximum.

“I will take it through stages of the season but I am not planning on playing over the first few weeks of the season.”

Meanwhile, local lad Nick Black has exited the Brewers due to personal reasons.

Heath said the former Bardsey player’s departure was “amicable” as he had “a couple of other commitments”.

“He was also concerned that he didn’t feature in as many games but from our point of view he was an integral part of the squad,” added Heath.

“We have parted company and wish him the best. He’s a great lad.

“He has got a decision to make whether he wants to take a year out of not but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him back with a team in our league and it will probably come back to haunt us.”

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