Scarborough Athletic defender Paul Robson will be easing back towards fitness with a coaching stint at Brigg Town.
The 33-year-old suffered damage to both his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in the pre-season friendly against Harrogate Town.
He has since started his rehab and is now able to run, though the rigors of football are still some time away.
"I saw the surgeon a few weeks ago and he said that I don't need an operation, it will sort itself out eventually," said Robson.
"I'm OK to go running now, so I'm keeping fit, I can even do squats, but there will be no football until next year.
"Nathan Peat got in touch with me because he has just taken charge of Brigg Town along with Anthony Bowsley.
"Nathan wants to concentrate on playing, so he wants somebody to come in and help out with the coaching side of things.
"It will be a great challenge for me, I've been looking to get into coaching men's football for a while, but I didn't think the opportunity would come around this quickly.
"It is either a case of sitting in the back of Boro's stand and watching or keeping my mind on football.
"That will keep me going until my legs start working again and I can get back out and play for Boro again."
Boro boss Steve Kittrick said: "This is good for Robbo, we want him concentrating on football and not getting frustrated.
"Having him involved at a club will be good for him and good for us because who knows, he might spot a player that we don't know about."