COLWYN Bay look primed for a JD Cymru North title tilt after an encouraging start to life back in the Welsh system last season.

Moving back to the domestic scene proved to be an inspired decision from the Seagulls, who have seen crowds soar at the Four Crosses Arena, and the club has worked hard to become a more valued part of the community in recent months.

More will be expected of Craig Hogg’s men next time around in terms of a promotion bid. They kept the majority of their squad from last season and have brought in some impressive signings capable of taking the club forward.

There is a big point differential to make up on champions Prestatyn Town, who will also be aiming to secure JD Cymru Premier status after failing to obtain their FAW Tier 1 Domestic Licence despite winning the championship in convincing fashion.

Here are five players who need to be at the top of their game for the Bay next season for them to be contesting for honours.

Tom McCready:

The Bay skipper has been at the heart of everything at the club since he arrived initially on loan from AFC Fylde. McCready is arguably the best player operating in the second-tier, and his influence on and off the pitch last season was substantial.

McCready was hugely influential in the centre of the park, and he also came up with some vital goals for the club on their way to a top-four finish. If the midfielder can continue this trend going forward, then they won’t be far away.

Mitch Bryant:

Bryant made an instant impact during his first season in the Welsh domestic system. He finished as the club’s top scorer thanks to a series of clinical displays, and he also chipped in with plenty of assists to further heighten his overall influence.

The striker is a nightmare to play against at the top of his game. And the Seagulls’ will be relying on him heavily to produce the goods once again in the final third.

Andy Coughlin:

Talented shot-stopper Coughlin enjoyed a standout campaign last season to firmly establish himself as Bay’s number one. His consistency was an undoubted highlight to his game. And this is something that will stand him in good stead next time around.

Hogg will need his keeper to be just as good next season to meet their lofty expectations, and there is nothing to suggest this isn’t possible for Coughlin to achieve.

Cai Owen:

A January transfer window signing from Rhyl, Owen caught the eye with some outstanding displays in an unfamiliar environment at the Bay during the second half of the campaign.

With a strong pre-season under his belt to further familiarise himself with his teammates, the sky is the limit for the talented wide player.

Sam Hart:

The Seagulls’ have a player of genuine quality on their hands in Hart. He is no stranger to success having won the second-tier title during his time with Airbus Broughton. And his versatility is something else that is sure to benefit the squad considerably.

Hart is arguably their most important signing of the summer, and it would be a huge surprise if he didn’t make a telling impact next season.