Last Updated: Thu, 04 Jul 2013 11:19
Ryan Giggs says becoming Manchester United's player/coach is the first step in his future career which will be in management.
The 39-year-old midfielder, who signed a one-year contract extension to his playing contract in March, has been taking his coaching badges and is due to attain the UEFA Pro Licence next summer. He will combine his new duties with being a member of David Moyes' first-team squad.
Moyes said: "I'm delighted that Ryan has accepted the chance to become player/coach. His success and ability to adapt his game over a number of years gives him an unrivalled perspective on the modern game. His career is an example to any aspiring young player and I'm sure that both he and the players will benefit from his new role."
The exact nature of Giggs' new role is not yet known with Moyes also set to appoint Phil Neville to his burgeoning backroom staff which also includes former Everton colleagues Steve Round, Chris Woods and Jimmy Lumsden.
However, the 39-year-old Giggs is clearly looking ahead to the next phase of his career in football which is set to graduate into management - a role Sir Alex Ferguson has previously suggested he should move into one day.
"It's a great privilege to be appointed a player/coach," said Giggs.
"I hope I will be able to bring my experience to bear, having been both a player and part of the Manchester United family for so long. It's no secret that I have been taking my qualifications and I see this as the first step in my future career. I'm really looking forward to working alongside David and the team."
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