CPD Y Rhyl 1879’s first-team coach Matty Roberts has urged fans to start enjoying football again after agreeing to become part of the new set-up.

The latest addition to Gareth Thomas’ management team played a leading role with the Academy set-up at Rhyl FC, which produced a conveyor belt of first-team players before they were wound-up after failing to find the £175,000 needed to stay afloat until May 2021.

A phoenix club quickly formed and will be part of the North Wales Coast Football Association’s Tier 4 Premier Division next season, and they will also be playing their football at Belle Vue after finally coming to an agreement with ground owner David Butters.

Roberts is eager to get working with the squad on the physical and technical aspects of the game before the campaign, with the club finally getting back to training under social distancing measures on Saturday.

He said: “Obviously I was involved with the old club over the last three years and worked with some great people. It was really unfortunate what happened but it’s fantastic for the town and community that a new club was formed, and I can’t wait to get going.

“For North Wales football, in general, to have football in Rhyl is massive. I’ll be spending a lot of time on the training pitch with the players, getting them physically up to speed before working on the technical aspects and installing the way Perry (Thomas) wants them to play.

“I had a good conversation with Perry about where he wants to take the club, and this really appealed to me. He has well-known across North Wales football and has had fantastic success as a manager.”

Roberts called on the club’s fanbase to be the “12th man” during their inaugural campaign in a competitive environment and take nothing for granted given what has occurred over the last six months.