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Luc Nilis will be back in the service of PSV for the rest of the season in a coaching capacity. PSV head coach Guus Hiddink announced after the Tuesday training session that the Belgian will play a part in the Youth Academy, where he will, among other things, work with young players. Hiddink told reporters last Monday he had seen Nilis, who shone at PSV from 1994 until 2000. "He will be around with the highest youth teams. It is great that a well-known and generally respected football star like him intends to pull his weight. It is typical of him as a person as well as of PSV. He made the first move himself, which is just fine. He will start his activities one of these days”, explained Hiddink. 38-year-old Nilis is going to assist the Young PSV coaches and will watch junior games. Nilis spent six seasons with PSV, where he scored as many as 110 goals. He made his debut as a professional player with the Belgian Second Division side Winterslag in 1984. He moved to Anderlecht in 1986, where the forward clinched four Belgian titles and won the Belgian Cup three times. He won the Dutch title with PSV in 1997 and 2000 and won the Dutch Cup in 1996.Nilis went to England after the 1999-2000 season, where he joined Aston Villa. Nilis broke the tibia and fibula of the leg in a collision with Ipswich goalkeeper Richard Wright five minutes into his third Villa's Premiership appearance at Portman Road on Saturday 11 September 2000. Luc Nilis fought hard to make a comeback, but admitted defeat on Wednesday, January 24, 2001, when he announced he would retire from the professional game.Nilis was Manager Technical Affairs at the Belgian second division side Heusden Zolder last season and he will now return to De Herdgang.