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An amazing title-winning squad almost disappears – virtually in matter of days

Michael Parker (red) is a Prestatyn Town all-time great. He has now joined Caernarfon Town

The dismantling of Prestatyn Town’s 2019-20 Cymru North winning squad is almost complete.

Quite a few players had departed before former manager Neil Gibson stepped down last weekend, and since then several other top names have followed.

Caernarfon Town and Flint Town United have been the main beneficiaries of the Bastion Gardens exodus.

There is a positive to this – at least some great players will get the opportunity to play in the Cymru Premier League again. They deserve it.

Prestatyn should be there too, having won the Cymru North by a massive 16 points last season.

But the absence of an adequate TV gantry denied them a third stint in the national league.

Today’s departures

Michael Parker (to Caernarfon Town)
Parker, 32, has been a major part of Prestatyn’s glory period which began in 2005-06.
With the Seasiders he has won the Welsh Alliance, Cymru Alliance three times, the Welsh Cup, NWCFA Challenge Cup and represented the club in Europe, as well as being a member of three top-six WPL squads.
Parker is Town’s all-time highest marksman in the Welsh Premier with 48 goals and second-highest top-flight appearance maker for the Seasiders behind only David Hayes.
Midfield general Parker has also played for Rhyl, Bangor City and Connah’s Quay Nomads.
He is now looking forward to the challenge ahead at Caernarfon: “I am really excited to be joining the best supported club in the Cymru Premier League.
“I know due to the current pandemic it’s difficult to generate and benefit from that amazing atmosphere the supporters create home and away, and hopefully soon enough supporters will be allowed back in grounds.
“I’ve always had a close affiliation with the supporters for my hometown club, Prestatyn, and always tried to repay that with my best efforts on the pitch.
“This was one of my main attractions in my move to Caernarfon as I hope to connect and do the same here.”

Jack Kenny (to Caernarfon Town)
Striker Kenny, 29, has featured for many prominent North Wales Coast clubs over the years, including Connah’s Quay Nomads and Rhyl and is looking forward to teaming up again with Caernarfon boss Huw Griffiths, who managed him at Cefn Druids:

Jack Kenny (red) battles for Prestatyn against Llangefni. Pic: John Pickles

“I’m delighted to sign for Caernarfon,” said Kenny. “I’ve played against them many times over the years and I’ve always been very impressed with the set-up, facilities and the people involved and I’ve always seen myself playing here at some point in my career.
“I’ve loved playing here as a player against Caernarfon as I always seemed to score (sorry Cofi Army) and I’m hoping I’ll be doing the exact same thing in a yellow shirt!
“I’ve also played for Huw before and I know how he operates so to come and play for him again is something that appealed to me.”

Yesterday’s departures

Olly Buckley (to Holywell Town)
Flying attacker who has played and impressed in the Welsh Premier League for both Prestatyn Town and Rhyl.
Formerly with Welsh Alliance club Meliden, this dynamic performer stepped up in class like a duck to water.
With an eye for goal and lighting quick, Olly’s past success in the Cymru North will stand him in good stead with the Wellmen.

Jack Higgins (to Colwyn Bay)
Dynamic forward who first joined Prestatyn towards the end of the 2016/17 season, after returning from a spell in America, and scored 16 goals to help the Seasiders clinch the Cymru Alliance championship and promotion to the Welsh Premier.
He later had a short spell with Flint Town United before returning to Bastion Gardens.
A cool finisher who knocked in some vital goals last season as Prestatyn breezed to the Cymru North title, including the winner at new club Colwyn Bay.

Ben Maher (red)

Ben Maher (to Flint Town United)
A versatile player who can play in a number of positions, Maher is without a doubt one of Prestatyn’s finest performers of the past 10 years.
Maher has featured for Prestatyn, Caernarfon Town and Rhyl in the Welsh Premier. He was a key figure in the Seasiders’ Cymru Alliance title success of last season.

Ross Weaver (to Holywell Town)
Former Wrexham prospect and a tremendous player in a Prestatyn shirt over recent years.
Weaver has a fantastic attitude to the game and is comfortable at the back or in midfield.
He makes important tackles, reads the game well and is comfortable on the ball. A super acquisition for the Wellmen.

Other departures include….
Alex Jones (to Flint Town United)
Rob Hughes (to Flint Town United)
Jordan Davies (to AFC Telford United)
Kai Edwards (to Flint Town United)
Zebb Edwards (to Holywell Town)
Danny Davies (to Connah’s Quay Nomads)
Ryan Woods (departed – no new club announced yet)
Dan Roberts (departed – no new club announced yet)
Ian Griffiths (retired)

Numerous club stalwarts have also left Prestatyn Town in recent weeks, including manager Neil Gibson, former assistants Martin Jones and Mark Boulton and physio Jonathan (JP) Price.

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