STRONG SIGNS THREE-YEAR CONTRACT
GREG STRONG is to remain player-manager of Rhyl FC having signed a new three-year contract with the Lilywhites.
Although Rhyl have been relegated from the Welsh Premier League after failing to gain a domestic licence and look set to compete in the Cymru Alliance next season, Strong's two years at Belle Vue as both a player and manager have been highly impressive.
In his first season as a player the former Bolton Wanderers and Motherwell defender was part of the Lilies title-winning side.
He was promoted to player-boss at the start of last season and despite the club's financial difficulties and the fact he lost the majority of the squad that had won the championship, Strong built a team good enough to finish sixth in the WPL, just four points off a Europa League place, and also reach the League Cup final.
"I'm delighted to be staying on as player-manager of the best club in Wales," said Strong.
"The season never ends and already I'm busy preparing for the next one. I'm very excited about the future."
Rhyl have also announced Dave Milner is stepping down as managing director to be replaced by Jamie Digwood, who was the club's director of football in 2008/09 before taking a year away.
"It is with mixed feelings that I have decided to step down as managing director," said Milner. "The past 10 years have been a golden period for Rhyl FC.
"Despite the trials and tribulations of this past season I truly believe that, if we all pull together both on and off the field, we can embark on another decade of success for the club.
"I am delighted to announce that Jamie will be returning to the club as managing director; his insight, experience and contacts in the game will serve us well.
"Both Jamie and I are delighted to announce that Greg Strong has agreed to re-commit to the club on a three-year contract as player/manager.
"Greg has been an outstanding player and manager for Rhyl FC. His commitment to the club this past season has been exceptional.
"As for myself, I will remain in a consulting capacity to the managing director as we set and implement the board of director's strategy for the future."
The club will release further information over the coming days regarding the squad for next season and the board of directors/officers.