COLWYN Bay have been dealt a substantial blow with the news that Mitch Bryant will not be returning to the club.

The prolific striker initially opted to extend his stay at the Four Crosses Arena after a standout first season in the Welsh system, but the former Manchester United trainee has now informed the Seagulls’ he has gone back on his original decision.

Bryant was the club’s top scorer last time out and managed to come up with plenty of assists to further heighten his overall influence on Craig Hogg’s men.

The forward is reportedly signing for the new Bury FC, who are looking to rise back up the English pyramid after being expelled from the Football League last term due as financial issues forced the once-storied club to fold.

The Bay suffered a similar fate with midfielder Kieran Nolan, who was expected to play a leading role next season after agreeing to join the club, but he is second Bay player to instead choose Bury as his destination of choice.

Hogg, said: “‘I’m disappointed but understand why Mitch has come to his decision, as it happens at this level of our game.

“Mitch was fantastic for us last season, but he’s now opted to join a club closer to home in England.

“I thank him for what he did for us at Colwyn Bay FC, I won't forget it and we wish him well indeed.

“Midfield player Kieran Nolan has now decided to remain within the English system and will now not be joining us at the Bay.

“We were really looking forward to seeing him in a Bay shirt this campaign, but circumstances have now dictated a change in his situation, which is understandable.

“Both players leave us on good terms, and we wish them all the best with their football next season.”

The Seagulls’ wrapped up their transfer business early ahead of their expected promotion bid, but this change is set to come with some additional reinforcements before the campaign.