RHYL midfielder Dave McIntyre made his long-awaited return to first team action following a significant head injury.

The talented playmaker sustained a fractured skull during a game against his former club Gresford Athletic earlier on in the season, but after a four-month period of rehabilitation he came off the bench to play a part in the Lilies’ 1-1 draw against his former club.

Prior to his involvement with the first team, McIntyre turned out for the Liliywhites’ U19 side last month.

Director of Football Eddie Maurice-Jones, said: “Dave has been brilliant since he’s been back and has been training with the lads week in, week out since getting the all clear following his injury.

“He has been knocking on the door and has been really sharp. He is just so good on the ball and he did really well and will be in contention for a starting spot next week (at Flint Town United).

“I love his forward thinking and if anything good is happening on the pitch from our point of view then Dave is always around it.

“He is a great lad to have and he has worked so hard to get back after four months out.”

McIntyre was one of a number of high-profile arrivals to the Educate Resource Stadium this summer as director of football Eddie Maurice-Jones completely reshaped the squad with a view to pushing for the Huws Gray Alliance title this term.

He joined Gresford in September 2016 after a short spell at Cefn Druids. Prior to that McIntyre spent three seasons at Denbigh Town and his former clubs include Rhos Aelwyd, Ruthin Town, Castell Alyn Colts and Gretna.