Connah's Quay Nomads are pleased to announce that our inspirational First Team manager, Andy Morrison, has extended his contract with the Club until June 2020.
The Club are looking to build on last season's highest ever, 2nd place finish in the Welsh Premier League, alongside two semi-final appearances in the Welsh FA and League Cups alongside reaching the UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round after knocking out full-time Norwegian outfit Stabæk last summer.
The Nomads' Owner Gary Dewhurst said; "Since Andy took the reins at The Nomads in November 2015, the fitness and performance levels of the first team have improved dramatically. When you add in the resilience and belief he has instilled into the players, not to mention the detailed pre-game planning and in-game coaching, it makes a powerful combination and it is no surprise to me we've enjoyed the success we've had over the last 18 months."
Furthermore, the Club today confirmed plans to transition to full time status over the next two seasons, starting this July. Extensive trials and scouting are in process as the Club look to sign their initial batch of players to full time contracts.
Dewhurst continued; "There is no time pressure on this transition - the pace of change wholly depends on how fast we can identify the right players for The Nomads - quality players who can improve the first team, fit in with The Nomads' culture and who possess ambition to challenge TNS' dominance of the Welsh League over the last decade."
When asked about his contract extension, Morrison said; "I'm delighted to commit to The Nomads for another three years. The work we have done in the past 18 months has established the Club as a major force in Welsh Football.
Do I believe the previous format would have led to use qualifying for Europe again? Yes... Do I believe we would have been able to catch TNS? No, so we have had to look at how we can close that gap and eventually meet on a level playing field.
The transition to full time over the coming season starts on July 1st and there are no guarantees in the world of football, but what I do guarantee is an incredible work ethic, commitment, determination and desire to succeed."
Meanwhile, the Club are busily preparing for their second successive UEFA Europa League campaign, with friendly matches scheduled against top Northern Irish and Scottish opposition over the next 10 days, who have also qualified for the Europa League.
Following Saturday's friendly with Ballymena United in Northern Ireland, Jay Catton, Trevor Green, Nik Mesney and Victoria Roycroft will all head to Zurich as The Nomads await confirmation of their opposition in the Europa League First Qualifying Round.