CPD Y Rhyl 1879 have announced the departure of talented youngster Owen Hallmark.

The NWCFA Tier 4 (East) Premier Division side pulled off a coup when the former Connah’s Quay Nomads’ U19 captain agreeing to join Gareth Thomas at Belle Vue this summer, but with the prospect of a season looking increasingly bleak, Hallmark has now decided to take his chances elsewhere and join Holywell Town.

The centre-half is regarded as one of the brightest young prospects anywhere in the region, and he skippered the Nomads’ Academy squad to a memorable title triumph last season.

Hallmark has worked hard on regaining his fitness during his brief time with the newly formed club in recent months.

Once the Wellmen are permitted to begin their JD Cymru North campaign by the Welsh Government and Football Association of Wales, the defender will join their U19 and Reserve squads with a view to progressing into Johnny Haseldin’s first-team in the not-too-distant future.

The player thanked everyone involved at CPD Y Rhyl 1879 once his departure was confirmed in a message on the club’s Facebook page.

It read: “I appreciate the help Rhyl have given me over the past six months, I can’t thank them enough. All the best to the club.”

Thomas still has a fantastic squad at his disposal that is more than capable of challenging for honours, although the prospect of any league involving the FAW’s recreational term looks highly questionable at this stage.