Happy 30th birthday Kai Edwards – what a career so far!

Kai Edwards (yellow) puts in a great tackle for Prestatyn. Picture: John Pickles

As he celebrates his 30th birthday today Kai Edwards can look back proudly on a football career which has already been packed with honours.

Since making his senior debut for Wrexham in 2008/09, Prestatyn man Kai has won:

Four Welsh Premier League titles 🥇🥇🥇🥇

Four Welsh Cup winners’ medals 🏆🏆🏆🏆

Two Welsh Premier League Cups 🏆🏆

Cymru North championship medal 🥇

He also won a host of honours as a youth and internationally has represented Wales at under-17, U-19 and C level, as well as being called into the U-21 squad.

Born on January 29, 1991, one of Kai’s early highlights came when he captained Prestatyn High to victory in the 2007 Welsh Schools Under-16 Cup final.

In May 2007, he was named Boys’ Player of the Year at the McDonald’s Welsh Football Trust Awards in Cardiff.

He also skippered the Wales Victory Shield squad and played for the national U-17 team, managed by Brian Flynn.

In 2007-08, Kai joined Wrexham AFC’s apprentice programme, making his debut for the youth team versus Port Vale in the Football League Youth Alliance (North West Conference). The Dragons were crowned champions of that league.

Kai signed professional terms for the Dragons on April 5, 2009, and in the same month made his first team debut as a second half substitute in a 2-0 home win over Weymouth in the Conference Premier.

He was also at the forefront of Wrexham reserves’ successful totesport.com League West title bid.

In 2009-10, he was mainly an unused sub for the firsts, but did come off the bench in a 2-2 home draw with Cambridge United on March 20, 2010.

In August 2010, Kai spent four months on loan at hometown club Prestatyn Town, who were beginning to make their mark in the Welsh Premier League.

After an impressive spell at Bastion Gardens, the player returned to Wrexham and played in an FA Trophy second round clash with Salisbury City in January 2011, as well as starring for the reserves.

Primarily a central defender who can also operate at right back or in midfield, Kai turned down a contract offer from Wrexham to sign for Welsh Premier full-timers Neath in 2011-12. Although the Eagles finished third, the club was forced to fold on financial grounds.

Kai Edwards (left) in action for The New Saints. Picture: NCM Media

Despite this disappointment, Kai was voted Welsh Premier Young Player of the Season and signed for The New Saints in June 2012.

The now 21-year-old went on to enjoy four great seasons at Park Hall, winning four Welsh Premier titles, three Welsh Cups and two League Cups for the Saints, who he also represented 11 times in Europe in a golden spell under manager Craig Harrison.

Kai returned to Wrexham as Gary Mills’ first signing in May 2016 and the defender finally got the run he desired in the first team, playing in 25 matches.

His final game for the Dragons was a memorable one, as he netted the winner in a 1-0 victory over Southport on Boxing Day 2016.

In all, Kai featured in 28 competitive first team matches for Wrexham, plus 22 friendlies and 104 games for the reserves/youth, scoring six times.

January 2017 saw Kai put pen to paper for Connah’s Quay Nomads.

The season ended in joy as he was part of the first-ever Nomads team to lift the Welsh Cup, Andy Morrison’s men whipping Aberystwyth Town 4-1 in the final. It was a fourth Welsh Cup winners’ medal for Kai.

Kai won the Welsh Cup with Nomads on 2018. Picture: NCM Media

Edwards made his Nomads debut in an away draw against Bala Town in January 2017. He played in 62 matches for Quay, scoring four times, before he switched to Llandudno in May 2018.

After spending a season at Maesdu Park, Kai made a welcome return to Prestatyn Town in 2019-20 and was part of the squad which romped to the Cymru North championship.

In October 2020, Kai was back in the Welsh Premier with Flint Town United. The Silkmen are his sixth Cymru Premier club.

Wales

After captaining Wales in the 2007 Victory Shield, Kai led the U-17s to European qualification in Andorra in October 2007 and that same month played against Hungary and Switzerland in a Uefa U19 tournament.

He was stunned after receiving a surprise call-up to Brian Flynn’s U-21 squad for a European Championship qualifier against Malta at the Racecourse in that very same month again.

Andy Morrison welcomes Kai to Nomads in 2017. Picture: NCM Media

Edwards family

Kai’s dad John, known as Teddy, is regarded as one of the finest goalkeepers in Prestatyn Town’s history. He also made his mark at Meliden.

John has no less than four footballing sons. Twins Zyaac and Noah, 24, have both played in the Welsh Premier.

Noah had been impressing greatly for Caernarfon Town before Covid-19 brought a halt to the current Cymru Premier campaign.

Zyaac has turned out for Airbus, Prestatyn Town, Caernarfon Town, Rhyl and Llandudno.

The youngest brother, Zebb, 21, was outstanding in Prestatyn Town’s Cymru North title success last term and has also represented Airbus, Llandudno and rejoined Holywell Town in October.

Kai Edwards – senior career rundown

2008/09 – August 2010: Wrexham AFC
August 2010 – January 2011: Prestatyn Town
January 2011 – July 2011: Wrexham AFC
July 2011 – June 2012: Neath
July 2012 – May 2016: The New Saints
May 2016 – January 2017: Wrexham AFC
January 2017 – June 2018: Connah’s Quay Nomads
July 2018 – June 2019: Llandudno
June 2019 – October 2020: Prestatyn Town
October 2020 – present: Flint Town United

Honours

2008-09 – Youth Alliance North West Conference champions (Wrexham)
2009-10 – totesport.com League West title champions (Wrexham)
2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 – Welsh Premier League champions (The New Saints)
2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16 – Welsh Cup winner (The New Saints)
2017-18 – Welsh Cup winner (Connah’s Quay Nomads)
2014-15, 2015-16 – Welsh Premier League Cup winner (The New Saints)
2019-20 – Cymru North League champion (Prestatyn Town)

International

Wales U-17, U-19, Semi-professional U-23, Wales C

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