COLWYN Bay playmaker Craig Pritchard is set for a tilt in the southern hemisphere after securing a high-profile move.

The talented attacking midfielder played a huge role for the Seagulls in their final campaign within the English system, and his high level of performances have attracted the interest of New Zealand based side Melville United.

Pritchard’s move will also involve an employment opportunity and he officially secured the move on Monday, May 13, and he becomes the latest North Walian to play for the club following successful spells from Marc Evans, Josh Davies and Ceri James in recent years.

Director of football Neil Coverley, said: “We are sad to see Craig leave us but equally proud of him making a such a mature decision.

“His energy and enthusiasm will be a huge void to fill but leaves the door open for someone else to fill.

“’Mon’ has been a pleasure to work and deal with and his character within the dressing room was infectious. We wish Craig and his family well.”

Pritchard secured a move to the Four Crosses Construction Arena last summer after impressing considerably for a Denbigh Town side that finished second in the Huws Gray Alliance behind Caernarfon Town in 2018.

Others that have decided to remain in the English system are James Ellison, James Barrigan and Astley Mullholland.

Ellison has put pen to paper on a deal with Marine, with a host of non-league clubs believed to be pursuing Mullholland and Barrigan thanks to their prolific form for the Seagulls.

Manager Craig Hogg, added: “I’ve spoken to James (Barrigan), who again was excellent for us during his time here and has also opted to remain in England and play his football there.

"Astley will also be remaining in the English system. Astley is such a good player and will be a big miss to us. I know a host of top non-league clubs are looking to sign him and that doesn’t surprise me at all.

"All four players have been excellent to work with, great ambassadors for our club and we wish them all the best in their playing careers."