RHYL FC released talented forward James Murphy on the final day of the JD Cymru North transfer window.

The gifted forward arrived at the Lilywhites’ last January and made a huge impression during his time at the club, making 55 appearances and netting 21 goals.

Murphy arrived at the Belle Vue Stadium from JD Cymru Premier side Newtown and made a considerable impression, netting eight times in as many starting appearances.

He became an instant fans’ favourite due to his direct style of play and Murphy was rewarded for his contribution with an extension to his deal in the summer.

The player is another high-profile name to depart the set-up since the start of the season, with the likes of Asa Hamilton, Leo Riley, Jonathan Hill-Dunt and Cai Owen all leaving for pastures new.

A post of Murphy’s Twitter account, read: “I am gutted to be leaving Rhyl FC as it’s not the way I wanted it to end my time there, but just want to say a massive thanks to the fans as they were class.”

Murphy progressed through the ranks at Chester and Connah’s Quay before joining Airbus Academy where he broke through into the first team in 2015/16.

He made 35 top-flight appearances for Wingmakers across two seasons, winning the WPL’s Young Player of the Year in 2016.

Following Airbus’ relegation, Murphy signed for Chris Hughes’ men but was frustrated with the lack of appearances, turning out just seven times for the Robins before moving to the Lilywhites.