James takes County coaching job

Tony James: Takes up Newport County role

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Tony James confirms he will take up the role of strength and conditioning coach alongside his current playing responsibilities at Newport.

The 35-year-old defender is enjoying a 17-year-long playing career, which he began as a youth player with West Brom.

He moved to County in June 2012 after being released by Burton and helped guide Newport back into the Football League after a 25-year absence as they beat Wrexham 2-0 in last season's Conference play-off final at Wembley.

"I have a general interest in the well-being and fitness side of the game for players and being given this added responsibility is a great opportunity to develop this interest," he told the club's official website.

"I spoke to the gaffer and the coaching staff along with the physio Adam Roche and it seems a natural fit.

"My family and friends have been extremely supportive and I thought long and hard about accepting this post."