Of all the new players who have entered Welsh Premier League combat over the years few have made such an instant impact as Danny Brookwell.
The Caernarfon Town left-winger has dazzled spectators with his pace, skills, ability to take on and beat opposition defenders and score stunning goals during the opening phase of the 2018/19 season.
One such example was his magnificent volley to put the Canaries 2-1 up at Bala Town on January 12.
Brookwell had only been on the field as a substitute for three minutes when he controlled a ball in from the right and from a tricky angle lashed in off the bar to help secure a 3-1 victory which ensured the Cofis finished fifth at the split of their first campaign back in the top flight since 2008/09.
A native of Llanfairpwll on Anglesey, the 25-year-old recently moved to Benllech and has represented Ynys Môn at the international Island Games.
Danny also played for the Royal Navy at under 19 and under 23 level.
He has twice represented the service at the Dallas Cup in Texas and in 2012 was nominated for the Royal Navy’s Young Sports Person of the Year award.
Brookwell played for island teams Llanfairpwll, Glantraeth and Menai Bridge Tigers before joining Caernarfon Town in 2015/16.
In the past four seasons, he has made 107 starts for the Canaries, appeared 27 times as a substitute, and netted 33 goals in total (stats correct up to and including Feb 25, 2019).
Danny was a key member of the Town teams which won the Huws Gray Alliance title in 2015/16 and 2017/18.
The Welsh Premier has looked tailor-made for the Anglesey ace since he made his debut as a second-half sub in Caernarfon’s opening day 1-0 victory over Cefn Druids.
His first WPL goal came in the 3-0 win over Llanelli on September 22. The following weekend he netted again in a 1-1 draw at Cefn Druids.
Danny’s finest hour to date though came at Bala on October 5, when he scored twice in a 2-2 outcome.
He put Caernarfon ahead with a lovely shimmy and angled finish in the first half, but his second goal soon after the break was something else. Taking possession midway inside his own half, Danny ran and ran and ran some more with the ball at his feet before applying the deftest of left-foot finishes from an acute angle, for a goal Giggs or Bale would have been hugely proud of.
A spell out through injury followed, but his most recent goal at Bala proved he is returning to his best.
Former Carmarthen Town manager and now S4C pundit Mark Jones knows his football and included Brookwell in his Welsh Premier First Phase XI.
Former Newcastle United and Wales striker Malcolm Allen has labelled Danny ‘one of the best players in the WPL on his day’.
These are the views of respected and knowledgeable pundits. Danny Brookwell is going places.