LLANDUDNO manager Sean Eardley has highlighted the overall strength of the JD Cymru North next season.

The Tudno boss made a bombshell return to Maesdu Park from Caernarfon Town recently, which has given the club a new lease of life since his arrival.

Eardley has already been immensely busy in his new role, getting key squad members such as skipper Danny Hughes and goalkeeper Shaun Person tied down to extended deals, and he has also brought in a good blend of youth and experience with his recent signings.

Things should be tougher than ever in the second-tier next term after champions Prestatyn Town were denied promotion over a TV gantry issue that resulted in them failing to obtain a FAW Tier 1 Licence.

The likes of Colwyn Bay, Airbus UK Broughton, Guilsfield and Bangor City also hold out hopes of securing the crown, and Eardley outlined his empathy towards Prestatyn's fortunes following their runaway championship triumph. 

He said: "The league is shaping up to be very strong next year. No matter what decision was made with regards to promotion and relegation it was always going to offer the best or worst news possible for many teams.

“With Airbus dropping down they will almost certainly be looking to bounce straight back up, Prestatyn were brilliant last year and will feel hard done by as all their efforts were refused in being promoted, they have retained the same squad near enough as having Colwyn Bay and both will definitely be in the mix next year in my opinion.

“With Nathan Leonard returning to Guilsfield that will give them a massive lift and Bangor were a good outfit last year also and that’s just to start with.”

Eardley added he is hoping the JD Cymru North continues to “get the recognition it deserves” next season, and is looking for his side to embrace the different threats posed by each team throughout the campaign.

“Every team will pose a different threat and I hope the league continues to get the exposure it deserves as it will be very competitive week in, week out,” he added.

“I pass on my congratulations to Llanidloes Town, Holywell Town, and Holyhead Hotspur on their recent promotion to the Cymru North. They will also be big tests, especially away from home.

“We are in a good place though, plans are taking shape and the excitement is building for the start of the new season.”