Maurice-Jones believes Rhyl squad can match 2012/2013 Cymru Alliance winning squad for spirit
Rhyl boss Eddie Maurice-Jones says his side can be similar to Greg Strong’s 2012/2013 title winning team.
The Lilywhites are being considered one of the favourites for the Cymru Alliance title, as they aim for a return to the Welsh Premier League.
It was a season in which Rhyl scored 100 goals, conceding 24 and secured the league title on 78 points, suffering no defeats.
Jones said: “I remember the success Rhyl had that year. It was an incredible achievement for everyone involved.
I have been told that the 2012/13 team had a huge team spirit which contributed hugely to the success that season.
I believe our team has the same passion, morale and commitment required to do well.”
After a summer of recruitment, as well as the arrival of former Prestatyn Town manager Gareth Wilson, as part of the managerial set up.
The club have been preparing for the upcoming season by playing academy opposition from professional clubs, including Nottingham Forest, where four first team fringe players played.
Most recently, the Lilywhites signed Aaron Pomeyie, Barry Torrance and Liam Smith.
“I am delighted with the new additions to the squad.
We have selected the players for many reasons and I feel the group is growing considerably in confidence and can face up to the new campaign.
One of the main qualities I aim for within a group is togetherness and good relationships as I believe team spirit has to be the formula for any success.
The players have shown professionalism within our demanding plans and this has been illustrated in our strong pre season games.”
With the demotion of Bangor City, as well as teams like Airbus UK and Porthmadog who have previously played in the Welsh Premier League.
The second tier league, in it’s final format before handing over to the FAW, is one which is becoming hard to predict.
“We appreciate the tag but we are keeping ourselves grounded and focused on the task ahead.
Our aim is most certainly to be competing at the top end of the league.
The management and myself believe the players we have selected will thrive off the pressure that is put our way.”
The Citizens have been identified as one of the title rivals for Rhyl, alongside Porthmadog and Flint Town United, managed by ambitious youthful manager Niall McGuiness.
“In my opinion it could be one of many. There are a number of quality teams in the league who have recruited well over the summer.
I feel that Bangor, Porthmadog and Flint will be challenging at the top and we aim to be involved.”
Rhyl begin the season away in Mid Wales, as they play at Victoria Park in Llanidloes, the temporary home of Mid Wales League champions Llanrhaeadr.
Llanrhaeadr beat Welsh Premier League side Cefn Druids last season, claiming an upset. They were later knocked out by Bangor City.
“We are not taking Llanrhaeadr or any team for granted this season.
I feel that because they are newcomers to the league they will relish the chance to compete with teams in the Cymru Alliance and will be hungry to succeed all expectations.
We are expecting a very tough affair in this the opening game.”
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