AMBITIOUS Welsh Premier club Rhyl have confirmed they are in talks to sign former Wrexham midfielder Chris Llewellyn to play alongside ex-Dragons captain Neil Roberts.
Llewellyn, 28, is one of three ex-Racecourse players being tracked by the Lilywhites as they bid to challenge the supremacy of the Welsh Premiership’s two full-time clubs, Llanelli and TNS.
Rhyl managing director Dave Milner said last night that talks were ongoing with Llewellyn, who was capped six times for Wales, and that a decision on the player’s future was expected before the end of the week.
Roberts signed a three-year contract at Belle Vue last week.
Striker Jamie Reed, who like Llewellyn and Roberts was released by Wrexham manager Brian Little at the end of last season, has also been targeted by Rhyl boss Allan Bickerstaff as he assembles a new-look squad at Belle Vue.
And an un-named Welsh Premiership veteran, who spent several years at Wrexham, has been offered terms to switch to Rhyl, who were boosted yesterday by the news that central defender George Horan has signed a new one-year deal.
On their way out of Belle Vue are defenders Jamie Brewerton and Carl Ruffer, together with goalkeeper John Gann. Brewerton is expected to sign for rivals Bangor City.
Meanwhile, Rhyl striker Marc Lloyd Williams says changing the Welsh Premier into a summer league would give teams a better chance in European competition.
“Ireland’s clubs have shown the way,” he said after Rhyl’s 9-3 aggregate Intertoto Cup defeat to Irish league leaders Bohemian.
“Summer football has helped them. Every year we meet clubs half way into their season, they’re sharp and physical.
“The playing surfaces are magnificent right now, that’s another benefit.”