CONWY Borough and the Tangerines’ junior section have confirmed they will join forces as part of their one club ethos from next season.

The two set-ups had been distant from one another in recent seasons, but this positive step has the potential to have a significantly positive impact on player development in the region.

As part of the move, the JD Cymru North side will be adding Caroline Jones and junior club chairman Chris Hammond to their board of directors with immediate effect.

Chris Wilton, chairman of Conwy Borough FC, said: “The junior section has some excellent young players and has been run by a group of hardworking and dedicated volunteers.

“As far as I am concerned the merger is long overdue and we are really happy to be coming together for the benefit of the whole club.

“We will work together to build a sustainable future and a player pathway from juniors to youth and onwards to the first team.”

The move has also received the seal of approval from first-team manager Matthew Jones, who stated it was a “fantastic move and a great step towards creating a player pathway”.

This is the latest positive step from Borough off the pitch, with the club looking to build on an immensely positive second-tier campaign that saw them secure a top-six finish despite the departure of Warren Gibbs midway through the season.

“We are really pleased to be moving forward as on club and to helping develop and bring through young players to the senior teams,” added Hammond.

“I am looking forward to working with the board to consolidate a positive future for the club and everyone involved.”