CPD Y Rhyl 1879 manager Gareth Thomas is hopeful of making two more signings after the new regarding Jay Whitehouse’s serious injury was confirmed.

The former Rhuddlan Town skipper was expected to play a significant role for the club during their inaugural campaign in NWCFA Tier 4 (East) Premier Division, but the prolific forward is set to miss a considerable period of time following a training injury that resulted in a dislocated knee and leg break.

This represents a blow for the player and the title hopefuls, but Thomas is looking to offset the player’s long-term absence by reinforcing his squad in the coming days.

He said: “Jay’s having some more tests to find out the extent of the injury. Luckily the knee went back in and everyone at the club wishes him well with his recovery.

“These things happen in football and I am sure it won’t be the last injury we have when the season gets underway.

“With Jay’s injury, we are now in the process of getting two more signings ready to be announced. One is awaiting clearance from an English club and the other needs to transfer into the club, but we are working hard on the paperwork and that should be completed soon.”

The Football Association of Wales are set to announce their plans to move to Phase 3 of their return to football plan this week, which will give clubs across the region operating outside of the top-flight a better indication as to when competitive action and friendly fixtures will be able to resume.

Thomas is confident his side will be “ready to go” when they get the green light to do so thanks to the high-intensity training sessions being put on by coaching staff at the club.