ACCRINGTON Stanley manager John Coleman’s wish of seeing Billy Kee return to football for the enjoyment of it has come true.

Former Stanley man Kee has signed for Coalville Town in the BetVictor Central Premier League and the Reds boss hopes Kee can play with a smile on his face once again.

Kee’s contract at Stanley was cancelled by mutual consent at the end of last month as the 29-year-old decided to retire from full-time professional football due to on-going personal reasons.

He had not played for the Reds this season having battled mental health issues throughout his career.

“I wanted him to return to football at some point because it’s what he enjoys doing,” said Coleman.

“I just want Billy to be well because he’s a smashing lad.

“With everything that’s been going on with him, I don’t think he’s had the enjoyment out of football that he should have had so I just hope that’s what he gets.

“The Luton game, where he scored the winner in the season we won League Two, that’s in my top three moments in football.”

Kee’s number 29 shirt has been retired by Stanley in honour of the man who scored 26 league goals, winning the golden boot, in the history-making season when the Reds were promoted to League One.

His move to Coalville caught some supporters off guard but Kee’s wife Leigh took to social media to explain his quick return to football and revealed he was also working in the building trade.

“Let’s set the story straight,” she said.

“My husband has retired from professional football through personal reasons. Most people that know him understand.

“Playing part-time, non league, working on a building site full time and wants to put his boots on for fun and pure love he has for the game.”

Kee – who has been receiving treatment for depression, anxiety and bulimia –  scored 84 goals in 239 games across two spells with the club and said an emotional farewell ahead of the 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon at the start of the month.