RHYL FC have won their appeal against the FAW’s decision to turn down their Domestic Licence application for next season.
The Lilywhites are now eligible to play in the Welsh Premier Division, three years after being kicked out for failing to meet the league’s minimum requirements.
The club also have an outside chance of stepping up for next season’s competition, with uncertainty still remaining over the membership of current Welsh Premier League members.
Neath have already been relegated from the Welsh Premier League for failing to obtain a licence, giving Carmarthen Town a reprieved from relegation, but there remains doubts over whether a side from the Welsh Football League Division One with adequate Premier Division facilities will finish in a promotion place.
But Rhyl’s Press Officer Dave Walker said that everybody at the club was delighted to finally get their licence back, with the potential promotion a bonus.
“We were relieved, we knew it was only a few small things that needed doing, but it’s extremely good news for the club to get the licence back,” he said.
“There’s all sorts of rumours going around, but we’ll just wait and see what the Welsh FA decide. If we’re able to go up, fantastic, but if not we’re in a great position to challenge again next season.
“Until the Welsh FA put down on paper who will be going up, we’ll stick with our plans put in place for the future.
Rhyl manager Greg Strong was equally delighted with the news, which he hoped would boost Rhyl’s title credentials next season. “It’s fantastic for the club, and shows that we’re in a good place,” he said.
“One of the things that players have asked is “can you even go up?”, and this shows that we can, so it’s going to help getting new players in.
“I’ve got to thank everyone behind the scenes here who have worked tirelessly to make this happen.”