Popular pair Dix and Cavanagh return to Llandudno FC

Tom Dix makes a popular return to Llandudno. Picture: Llandudno FC

Llandudno FC manager Sean Eardley has welcomed back two former Maesdu Park favourites in his first transfer dealings of the new year.

Ex-Seasiders skipper Tom Dix returns to football after a long spell out through injury, while forward Shaun Cavanagh rejoins Tudno following a stint at Prestatyn Town, where he never got to play a first-team game.

A Chester-born product of the Shrewsbury Town youth system, Dix joined Bangor City in the summer of 2010 and was a bit-part member of a Welsh Premier title-winning squad before moving to Llandudno.

The inspirational midfielder helped Tudno win the Cymru Alliance League title, scoring seven goals in the 2014-15 season, and then their first three campaigns in the Welsh Premier, making 88 starts, before joining Flint Town United in summer 2018.

Unfortunately, just 10 minutes into his debut of a friendly against Brymbo, the midfielder suffered an horrific double leg-break.

Now begins the comeback trail.

Eardley revealed: “Even during my time at Caernarfon we’d speak every week about all things football, I’d ask how his rehab was going and it seemed a gradual process.

“Once we started pre-season, I cleared it with PD for him to come in and do some work and he got stronger and stronger as the sessions passed.

“We were buzzing as a group when he played 25 minutes of a friendly as all his hard work had paid off but then sadly another lockdown hit.

“He knows what it takes to win a league, he has experience and offers a lot of discipline in the middle of the park and I’m sure the fans will welcome him back with open arms.”

Shaun Cavanagh is back at Llandudno. Picture: Llandudno FC

Cavanagh, 23, made his senior debut for Bangor City as a late substitute in a 1-0 Word Cup defeat at Prestatyn on September 23, 2014, at the age of 16.

He went on to appear in 34 first-team games for Bangor, 26 of them as a substitute, and scored four goals.

His best spell came in 2015-16, when he made eight starts for the firsts having impressed in the WPL Development League.

One of his best Citizens moments came in a Boxing Day derby in 2016-17 when he scored a late winner after coming on as sub in a 2-1 victory over Llandudno.

He joined Llandudno at the start of 2017-18, but by January 2018 had moved on to Cymru Alliance high-flyers Caernarfon Town, becoming Sean Eardley’s second signing at The Oval.

The season ended in joy for Shaun and his team-mates as the Cofis landed the Cymru Alliance League title to secure a much-awaited return to the Welsh Premier.

However, first-team chances had been limited for the Canaries and in 2018-19 Shaun signed for Porthmadog, where he finished top-scorer with 12 goals in 22 starts as the Traeth men finished third in the Cymru Alliance.

Shaun rejoined now Welsh Premier club Caernarfon in 2019-20, but was back at Porthmadog in January 2020 where he again made a big impact, scoring six times in four matches, including a cracking double in a 2-2 draw at champions-to-be Prestatyn.

And Prestatyn was his next stop as he signed for the Cymru North title-holders in June 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic all but wiping out North Wales football over the past 10 months, he did not kick a ball for the Seasiders.

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