RHUDDLAN Town manager Wayne Hughes has paid tribute to skipper Keiron Evans after he announced his retirement through injury.

The influential squad member fractured his ankle for the second time in six years in their JT (Charlie) Jones Presidents’ Cup semi-final loss to Llandudno Athletic on Saturday, and Evans has decided to call it a day after playing a huge part in the club’s success over the last 18 months.

Evans joined Town last summer following their reformation and turned in a series of outstanding displays to aid the side secure promotion to the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division at the first opportunity, in addition to lifting some silverware thanks to their memorable REM Jones cup triumph.

His consistency saw Hughes award him with the Manager’s Player of the Year distinction at the end of the campaign, and he has also been offered a coaching role at the club when he fully recovers from the significant injury.

Hughes, said: “It’s a sad day for the club as our captain has confirmed that he has retired from playing football after fracturing his ankle.

“It’s difficult for everyone who has families to support and when you injure yourself playing the sport you love it’s a hard decision to make but you have to put your family first.

“Keiran will be massively missed on the pitch as he gives everything every week and has the ability to play at a higher level.

“Everyone at the club wishes Kei a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back with the club coaching.”