David Pipe is back at League Two club Newport County as conditioning mentor.
Former Wales intercontinental Pipe, 36, rejoined Newport ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup 3rd-spherical residence tie versus Championship team Watford.
Pipe manufactured extra than 200 appearances for the Exiles during two spells with the club, primary them to advertising to the Soccer League in 2013.
“I secretly thinks he has missed it, however he will under no circumstances admit it,” claimed manager Mike Flynn.
“The timing is appropriate and it truly is fantastic to have him again.”
Pipe retired at the finish of 2019 campaign to set up a health and fitness center for households and little ones and is back at Rodney Parade on a section-time basis.
“David is community, he knows the boys, he understands the club, he is aware of how we function. We have managed to do something in which he can arrive in all around his business functions.”
Through his County playing days, Pipe highlighted in famous FA Cup wins above Leeds United, Leicester Metropolis and Middlesbrough.
As County search to insert Watford to their cup scalps, they are likely to be devoid of defender Kyle Howkins, who has a hamstring injury. Flynn is additional optimistic in excess of Liam Shephard, who limped out of Saturday’s 2-1 win more than Barrow with an ankle issue.
County are in round 3 for only the next time in their heritage having conquer League Two rivals Cambridge United in the very last round and acquiring previously dispatched Championship club Swansea Town to get to this phase for the initial time considering that 1962-63.
But Flynn is not looking through too substantially into the season opening day triumph above Swansea.
He reported: “You have to just take self-assurance from it, but we take care of each sport as they are – person online games. We can not just believe we have performed nicely from Swansea, so we will do very well towards Watford.
“Watford are heading to be a diverse crew to Swansea. They are going to be fitter than when Swansea came listed here, I know we are as nicely, but they are heading to be sharper. They have a lot of players they can rotate, it does give you confidence, but hat is just a small portion of what we need to have to do.”
The winners will have a home tie towards possibly Morecambe or Newcastle United.