PRESTATYN Town striker Ian Griffiths has decided to hang up his boots after a prolific career on the domestic scene.

The forward announced his retirement due to increasing family and work commitments, ending a long association with the Seasiders’ which spanned two spells.

Griffiths was part of the Town squad that managed to secure promotion to the JD Cymru Premier for the first time in their history, and he will also go down in folklore the man who scored Prestatyn’s debut top-flight goal.

This was followed by a brief spell away, but Griffiths returned to sign for newly formed Prestatyn Sports and played a leading role in their incredible rise through the Welsh football pyramid.

The striker was rewarded for his exceptional form with a move back to the Motion Finance Stadium where the club were languishing near the Huws Gray Alliance basement before the return of popular boss Neil Gibson.

Griffiths provided the firepower to get the Seasiders’ comfortably to mid-table during the second half of the campaign, and he was also part of the squad that won the JD Cymru North title in convincing fashion last term to round off what was an eventful and outstanding playing career.

He said: “I just want to wish everyone involved at Prestatyn Town FC the best of luck this season. I’ve had two seasons back at my hometown club and it's been an unbelievable ride going from the bottom of the league a couple of seasons ago to end up winning the league by 16 points last season.

“It was absolutely heart-breaking for everyone at the club that we didn't get promotion and I could have gone out with a bang, but it wasn't to be.

“I just want to thank the players, staff and fans for getting behind me and driving me on especially at my age. It is now time to hang the boots up once again because I can't commit as much as I'd like too or did the last two seasons so I feel I can't let the lads down.

“I have so many great memories that will stay with me forever and met lads that I will be mates with forever. I will be down to support as much as I can and hope Prestatyn Town get back where they belong.”