LLANDUDNO star Neil Ashton is raring to go after the Football Association of Wales received the green light to get Tier 2 clubs involved in competitive action.

The JD Cymru North side travel to Holyhead Hotspur in the first round of the Nathaniel MG Cup this Saturday, ending a barren run of months without anything in the way of meaningful football due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ashton is a former professional who has enjoyed a standout career to date. The Liverpool native began his career at Tranmere Rovers before enjoying spells at Chester City, Wrexham and Shrewsbury Town in the pro ranks.

The versatile player was one of Sean Eardley’s biggest signings of the summer after the boss made the move from Caernarfon Town back to his hometown club, and Ashton stated he cannot wait to make his long-awaited competitive debut during what is sure to be a tricky cup fixture.

He said: “As for the season getting the go-ahead, I’m sure I speak on behalf of all players that we can’t wait to get started.

“And in time for the Xmas period is always a great time to play football.”

Bringing Eardley to Tudno was a real shot in the arm for supporters given his standing within the domestic game, and the manager has assembled a squad who are more than capable of making their presence felt at the top-end of the second tier.

Ashton’s arrival is another statement of intent from Llandudno and he should be a key component once the league formally resumes in the New Year with a 15-game format.