LLANDUDNO Cricket Club have revealed that long-serving overseas star Robin Smith will not be returning for the upcoming season.

The opening batsman has decided to pursue other interests this summer, which include the possibility of living, playing and coaching cricket at top American universities.

With the increased scrutiny on immigration by the Home Office, it may also have been difficult for the former North Wales Premier Division champions to bring back the star.

Smith was a huge part of their 2016 title winning season and hit 1,308 runs during a two-year spell at an average of 33.54, while also playing a significant part in the progression of youth players at the club.

A club statement, said: “Understandably, this is a phenomenal chance for Robin to further his skills and a once in a life time opportunity.

“Robin leaves us with a 2016 championship medal around his neck, playing a major role within that season and over a 1,000 runs under his belt. He will be forever remembered as a wonderful role model to both junior and senior players, on and off The Oval pitch.

“Llandudno Cricket Club would like to go on record to express its gratitude to Robin. He has been a fantastic addition to the club over the last two seasons, exceeding all of our expectations in everything he did.

“His work around the club was invaluable and he was always willing to help in anyway he could. He is a huge credit to his family, and himself and we wish him all the very best of luck for the future.”