PROLIFIC striker Corrig McGonigle’s commitment to Conwy Borough is a massive statement both from the player and the club.

The in-demand forward dispelled the myth regarding his ability to transition his goal-scoring form in the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance to the second tier last term, turning in a series of exceptional displays on his way to 19 Huws Gray Alliance efforts.

This attracted a wealth of interest from other sides across the region, with Llandudno and Porthmadog believed to have made offers to acquire his signature before he eventually agreed to stay on at Y Morfa.

It has been a difficult summer so far for the club, with the talented trio of Dean Seager, Bryan Roberts and Anthony Marshall all signing for nearby rivals Llandudno, who are in the midst of a major squad overhaul as they look to return to the JD Welsh Premier League at the first time of asking.

There were grave concerns that McGonigle may follow suit and depart for pastures new, but the management team and board deserve an enormous amount of credit for convincing the star striker that his immediate future remains with the Tangerines as part of a long-term plan to get the club back to prominence.

It can be easily forgotten that this is a club that finished second in the HGA in 2015, and with a new backroom structure in place things are very much on the up for a set-up that clinched a memorable treble under Gareth Thomas last year.

The relationship between McGonigle and director of football Warren Gibbs was undoubtedly another major factor in the forward opting to commit, with the pair enjoying a trophy-laden spell at Glantraeth before once again linking up at Borough last season.

Loyalty within the sport of football, even at this level, is becoming less and less with every passing season, so McGonigle’s desire to see through the objectives set by the club when he originally joined is a testament to his overall character and just how much he is enjoying life with the squad.

There is plenty more work to do in terms of recruitment to offset their losses and ensure they kick on from what was a very encouraging first season back at this level.

Having McGonigle remaining in the fold can be another very useful tool in getting the right sort of quality in that can aid them to improve their league position in the face of some fierce competition, and this news is a significant boost for a club that would have been on the ropes had he decided to leave.