PRESTATYN Town chairman Neal Colakoglu is aiming to return the club to its glory days of European football in the years to come.

The popular figure took over the reins at the Motion Finance Stadium late last year and has overseen a huge turnaround in their fortunes, which also came as a result of the re-appointment of Neil Gibson as first team manager.

Colakoglu has improved the structure behind the scenes by securing the services of Leon Field and Martin Jones as joint-general managers, and he recently laid out a long-term plan for the Seasiders’ to develop all areas of the set-up both on and off the pitch.

Speaking to The Journal, Colakoglu said: “I think this next season is all about winning Tier 2 North and we have a plan in place to achieve this.

“Hopefully we can do this and then consolidate our position in the Welsh Premier League, before looking to get back into Europe. It is a long-term plan and one we have thought a lot about.”

It promises to be another busy summer of recruitment from a Town perspective as Gibson aims to mount a promotion push from the ultra-competitive second tier, which has grown even stronger with the introductions of Colwyn Bay, Llandudno and Llangefni Town.

Colakoglu stated that the management team will be given all they need to ensure they are among the contenders for a JD Welsh Premier League berth, with the Academy system also a key focus for the chairman as part of the overall direction of the club going forward.

“Neil was the right man to come in and you can see with our results that I was right to bring him back into the fold,” added Colakoglu.

“He knows the club inside out and it is just a case of him telling me what he needs as I am giving him an open budget in terms of getting the right players into the club, and it is really surprising when you see just how many players actually want to play for him.

“Neil has overseen our Academy with so much success over the years, bringing in the likes of Sam Duffy, which has been another massive part of the club’s history and success.”

Another exciting possibility for the club is the construction of a 3G surface, which will bring in much-needed revenue and provide the community with a valuable asset that will benefit the area considerably.

Colakoglu, said: “I think that we must concentrate first on giving the current surface some work, as it has been so long since it has had that, but the 3G option is something we are looking to explore in the long-term.”