The Welsh Premier League legend who has turned to writing children’s books

Former Llanelli Town forward and now Penybont manager Rhys Griffiths has written a children’s book.

The 38-year-old who is in the second year of management, of the Division One side Penybont, has had his children’s book ‘Billy’s Grandad and the Search for Horris’ published.

The story was only ever intended for Griffiths’ children as a bedtime story but has since been published into a book.

Griffiths was asked by his children to repeat the story, before drawing pictures, which is where the publishing idea came from after family members suggested sending it to a publisher.

The Penbont manager said to Sgorio: “One day I made a story up about my own grandfather, who passed ten years ago in November.

It was a chance to give a bit of context to who he was because they were often asking me who was Grandad Bill, so I did that and didn’t think that much of it.

It’s a lasting legacy of who my grandfather was, my children, love it.”

The Cardiff-born forward who is the second in the all-time Welsh Premier League scorers, scoring 269 goals in 342 appearances hasn’t ruled out writing another book, should it sell.

“I don’t want to be known as someone who used to play football and used to coach, I just want to do the next thing.

If it starts to do well and it starts to sell then I’d definitely do more, if I’ve got lots of stories. He was a wonderful man so every time I was with him, we’d have a wonderful adventure.”

Llandudno manager Iwan Williams and Sgorio presenter Nicola John have already bought a copy of the book.

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You can read more about the inspiration behind the book on as well as buying the book here.

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