RHYL FC have officially begun their pre-season training regime ahead of the new FAW Northern Championship season.

The Lilywhites came together for the first time ahead of their expected promotion push earlier this week, with director of football Eddie Maurice-Jones and the rest of his backroom team putting the group through their paces

It promises to be another exciting summer for the club in readiness for a expected promotion push, with the Lilies’ looking to build on some positive displays last term despite the majority of the squad being new to the set-up and increased expectations.

They have bolstered their squad significantly during the off-season, with prolific striker Asa Hamilton arriving at the Educate Group Stadium from Huws Gray Alliance champions Airbus Broughton.

The physical forward was a significant presence for the double-winning Wingmakers’ last term, netting 13 league goals in the process.

Another notable acquisition is that of full-back Steve Thomas, who joined from Llandudno where he spent one season at the top level.

Ben Burrows is sure to provide fierce competition for places after the talented youngster joined the ranks from Cefn Druids, with a host of influential squad members such as Rory Crowther, Jonathan Hill-Dunt, Cai Owen, Ben Nash, Reece Fairhurst, James Murphy, Aaron Hassall, Sam Molyneux and skipper Max Peate re-committing for the upcoming season.

They face a very busy series of high-profile friendly fixtures that will stand them in good stead for the challenges that lie ahead, with the visit of Mossley on July 6 getting things going for the side.

This will be followed by a home tie against Whitchurch Alport on July 13, and Maurice-Jones’ side will also take on 1874 Northwich on July 20.

The talented Rhyl squad will face a stern test of their credentials to conclude their pre-season schedule on Saturday, July 27, with Premier League side Everton sending their U23 squad for a prestigious annual clash (3pm).

A number of exciting developments have also been taking place off the field under new managing director Adam Roche, which includes a main sponsorship agreement with IT and digital recruitment specialists We Source Group.