CAI Owen’s sensational performances for Rhyl FC this season have seen him emerge as one of the hottest commodities operating outside the JD Welsh Premier League.

The talented full-back looks to have finally found a home at the Educate Resource Stadium after two brief spells at Llandudno, and he has repaid director of football Eddie Maurice-Jones’ faith in him so far this term to further enhance his reputation as one of the brightest young prospects anywhere in the country.

Owen is a product of the outstanding Bangor City Academy before making the move to Tudno, and it was a surprise that he did not get more of a chance under Iwan Williams, which can be attributed to the predicament they were in during his time there.

That being said, Owen’s move to the Lilies’ has been a shrewd decision both by the player and the management team, and he has made the right-back position his own and seen off the challenge of Joe Culshaw, who departed for Gresford Athletic.

What sets Owen apart is his composure on the ball even in the most difficult of situations, and he has a fantastic ability to pick the right pass in addition to possessing plenty of quality in terms of his overall delivery from wide areas.

His positional sense is another notable feature of his game and almost defies his age, and there is plenty of scope to develop his game further which could see him eventually make a name for himself in Wales’ top division.

Getting additional knowledge from experienced figures such as Maurice-Jones, Gareth Wilson and Richard Williams-Cooke is going to aid his development considerably in the short-term, and he has thrived with the extra responsibility given to him by the Lilywhites’ talented young management team.

It would be a big shock if there were not WPL clubs that are currently monitoring his progress, and although Rhyl have ambitions of making it back to the promised land next season a top flight move for Owen would be hard to dismiss.

What is not guaranteed if he makes any such move this summer is first team football, and give the progress he has made as a consistent member of the first team set-up at the Lilies’ it might be prudent to remain at the club and see if he can make the big time there.

Either way, Owen’s future within the domestic game is incredibly bright, which is a testament to the belief not only in his own ability, but the faith shown in him by the staff and players at Rhyl.