RHUDDLAN Town manager Wayne Hughes has confirmed the departure of top scorer Jay Whitehouse.

This represents a significant blow to the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Premier Division champions, who are looking to make a name for themselves after securing a place in the NWCFA (East) Tier 4 Premier Division next season.

Whitehouse played a leading role in Town’s success last term, displaying his clinical prowess in front of goal to become the league’s top scorer.

This has attracted the interest of newly formed CPD Y Rhyl 1879, who Whitehouse is now set to join once the registration window opens.

He becomes the second Rhuddlan player to depart in favour of a move to Belle Vue, with playmaker Mathew Beach also agreeing to sign for Gareth Thomas’ men during their inaugural campaign.

Hughes, said: “The club would like to wish Jay Whitehouse all the best with his decision to leave the club for a new challenge.

“Jay will massively be missed on and off the pitch he’s been a loyal player to the club always helping out. Such a great guy we all wish you the best.”

The Town boss confirmed that Keiran Evans will take on the mantle of club captain next season in Whitehouse’s absence.

The midfield has been part of the coaching set-up last term after retiring due to injury, but Evans will now put his boots back on once again and try and aid Rhuddlan’s transition to a higher standard.