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Newport midfielder quits football to become a tattoo artist two days before playing Spurs at Wembley

Sean Rigg snubbed the chance of playing on hallowed turf to follow his dream of going into the business of inking bodies

For most of us, playing at Wembley is a dream that will forever be out of reach.

But for Newport County midfielder Sean Rigg, it’s no big deal.

The League Two player quit professional football to pursue his dream of becoming a tattoo artist just two days before he was scheduled to play against Spurs at the home of English football.

Sean Rigg quit professional football days before Newport face Tottenham at Wembley

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When tattoo gun calls you must answer

Newport visit Wembley tonight for their FA Cup fourth round replay against Mauricio Pochettino’s men.

But Rigg will not be part of Michael Flynn’s squad travelling to London after he quit professional football on Monday.

The 29-year-old said he was leaving to go part-time with non-league Bath so he could begin a career as a tattooist.

Flynn said: “I told Sean that I wanted him to stay.

“He made his decision a while back that he wanted to go part time and pursue a career in being a tattoo artist.

Sean Rigg is embarking on a career as a tattoo artist after quitting Newport

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Inked

Rigg, back row second right, has a passion for body art

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Living canvas

“I tried to change his mind but he’s a clever lad and just fell out of love with the game.

“Look, he was magnificent for me. Never caused me any problems and like I said, I wanted to keep him.

“He made his mind up and everything was done very amicably.”

Rigg joined Newport in 2016 and helped the club make a dramatic escape from relegation out of the Football League last season.

He has made 21 appearances for the club this season, but did not figure in the first game against Spurs which saw Harry Kane’s late equaliser in the 1-1 draw deny them a famous victory.


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