Former Ipswich Town midfielder Stephen Gleeson has been named first-team player-coach at non-league outfit Hitchin Town.

The 35-year-old joined the Canaries in November 2021 after spells at Solihull Moors and Hemel Hempstead Town. 

Gleeson was unable to prevent them from suffering relegation this season as they finished fourth from bottom in the Southern League Premier Division Central. 



Manager Brett Donnelly has shaped his management team and backroom staff, which includes Gleeson becoming a first-team player coach at Top Field. 

He has also been retained as a member of the playing squad, with Hitchin set to play in the eighth tier for the first time since the 2010/11 campaign. They'll be looking to bounce back at the first time of asking next season.

The Irishman made 10 appearances for the Blues during his brief spell at the club under Mick McCarthy in the second half of the 2017/18 season. 

He was not offered a new deal at Portman Road at the end of that season, going on to join Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen in the summer of 2018.