RHYL manager Eddie Maurice-Jones thanked Cai Owen for his contribution to the club after the talented youngster departed for Colwyn Bay.

The versatile wide man opted to leave the Lilywhites’ in favour of a move to their JD Cymru North rivals, which represents another significant blow for the club during what has been a difficult few weeks.

Owen initially arrived at the Educate Group Stadium on loan from Llandudno in August 2018 before making a permanent move just a few short weeks later.

He made 46 starts for the Lilies’ during his time with the squad, scoring five goals and winning Supporters’ Player of the Year last term.

Maurice-Jones, said: “I would like to thank Cai for his contribution to the club, both on and off the field during his time at Rhyl.

“As a player he has developed over the last 16 months and has been a key player for us.

“I’m sure he will continue to develop and progress in the game. I would also like to offer my thanks for the support given to Cai during his time here by his parents Bev and Keith.”

The club will also be without the services of Gethin Maxwell, who has re-joined Conwy Borough.

The combative midfielder left the Tangerines’ to sign for Rhyl earlier this season but has made just a handful of appearances due to injury.

He has now decided to return to Y Morfa for the remainder of the season, and Rhyl confirmed that they are actively pursuing additions to their squad during the window.

Further announcements regarding new arrivals will be made in due course.