LLANDUDNO manager Sean Eardley could not hide his delight after five first-team players from last season agreed to stay on at the club.

The newly appointed boss has moved quickly to tie down some influential squad members for the upcoming campaign, which includes gifted goalkeeper Shaun Pearson.

Eardley and Pearson played together once upon a time, and the shot-stopper will become the club’s new vice-captain.

The Tudno manager, said: “I first played with Peo when he was 18/19, and he told me off for not marking my post correctly, I turned around and was like "who’s this kid?!".

“Looking back it set his standard, things done properly or he’d let you know. He’s professional in his approach, meticulous in his preparation and his work ethic is one to be envied, and I’m thrilled he’s pulling on the number one jersey for his hometown club for season 2020/21.”

Talented striker Dean Seager made a good impression last season after making the switch from Conwy Borough, and he is another that will remain at Maesdu Park under Eardley.

Seager has also enjoyed a prolific spell at Llandudno Junction at second-tier level during his career, and Eardley is keen to see what the forward can bring to the set-up going forward.

“Dean was one of the first lads to get in touch and was really eager to get something sorted and over the line,” he added.

“Many moons back when I played I was in the team when he made his debut and in the final third I personally feel he can become clinical and be right up there in the goal scorer charts.

“He possesses a lot of good qualities for a traditional and modern-day number nine also in movement, hold up play and playing on the shoulder.”

Midfield playmaker Leigh Craven and Aron Jones also committed for next season, and Eardley has even convinced veteran forward Lee Thomas to stay on for another season.

He said: “Lee’s been a fantastic servant to the football club and I’m happy he’s giving it another year.

“He works tirelessly, gives 100% and I think he’s a fine example to the younger players about what working hard means in a football match and covering ground.”