LLANDUDNO’s head of academy James Parry has praised the contribution senior manager Matthew Jones has made to the programme.

The highly qualified coach was appointed first-team boss last summer and has been heavily involved in the development of the Tudno youngsters during his time at the club.

This has aided Parry considerably during the campaign, with Jones’ experience coaching youngsters during his career providing plenty of insight with the current group of hopefuls at Maesdu Park.

Parry, said: “Matty has been first rate. I had never met Matt before in football but from day one he has been terrific.

“With his background he really understands what the academy is here for and how important we are to assisting him in his role as first team manager. We speak almost daily and it's good to have that open dialogue.”

Tudno’s season came to a premature halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the Football Association of Wales opting to cancel all remaining fixtures and crown Connah’s Quay U19s champions for 2019/20.

Parry has been impressed with the development of his squad during the season with virtually an entire new squad. This has also brought recognition from Jones, who has brought a number of academy players into the first team fold and given them JD Cymru North game-time that will do wonders for their overall progress.

“He's taken a big interest in the lads and that has shown in the five first team debuts we have had this year,” added Parry.

“All of the debutants were just 16 years old so the future is bright for us.”