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Hewson Offers to Stay and Help Reds

Retiring Workington player Dave Hewson has offered to remain at the Conference North club in a coaching capacity following his emotional send-off.

Hewson (pictured), who scored a penalty on his final playing appearance in the 1-1 draw with Carlisle United, says he can still be an asset to boss Darren Edmondson.

The 30-year-old, who has quit due to knee trouble, said he will be ready to help if Edmondson wants to use his experience during next season's bid for Conference North glory.

"I've got 10 years' experience and I know what you have to do to win games in Conference North," he said.

"If I can bring that experience to the table, and Darren wants me to help him out, then I'm sure I will."

Hewson said he was moved by the response to his testimonial game, which saw both teams form a guard of honour to welcome him onto the pitch.

The 541 fans at Borough Park then applauded him off for the last time after his ninth-minute goal had earned Edmondson's side a draw against the League One outfit.

The hugely-popular midfielder from Harraby had almost scored a fairytale late winner but said: "I was happy to get the one goal, and credit to the boys, because after my Solihull miss [last season] I honestly didn't know if I'd want to take another penalty again.

"But all the lads came to me and said I had to take it, and I'm just glad it went in. It was a nice way to end.

"It was nice to see the fans for the last time at a home game, and I was very appreciative of the players making a tunnel for me to come out to.

"And thanks very much to Carlisle, their players and staff, for allowing me to do that."

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