CPD Y Rhyl 1879 have made another strong addition to their squad with the signing of Mike Walsh.

The NWCFA Tier 4 (East) Premier Division side are looking to mark their inaugural season with a title challenge, with the phoenix club being formed at the earliest possible opportunity after Rhyl FC’s illustrious 141-year history was formally wound up due to financial issues.

Manager Gareth Thomas has been busy throughout the summer bringing together a talented squad with the right blend of youth and experience, and it would be a huge surprise if they were not fighting for honours whenever competitive action is permitted to resume by the Football Association of Wales due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Walsh arrives at Belle Vue after a brief spell at Holywell Town last season where he was part of the squad that earned promotion back to the JD Cymru North at the first time of asking under Johnny Haseldin.

The experienced figure began the campaign as part of the St Asaph City set-up, where he signed on a permanent basis after initially joining them on loan from Rhyl FC.

Injuries have been something of a concern for Walsh in recent years, but Thomas is confident he can be a significant asset to the squad and provide those just finding their way in the game with a strong role model during their expected promotion push.

He said: “I’m delighted with the capture of Mike.

“He has vast experience and again will be vital around the youngsters, he is really looking forward to the challenge ahead.”

Volunteers at the club have also been busy in recent days, removing the old Rhyl FC sign from outside Belle Vue and replacing it with the CPD Y Rhyl 1879 logo to bring in the new era of football in the town following so much uncertainty in recent months.