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LLANELLI goal­keeper Scott Cough­lan has signed a new deal with the club.

The 20-year-old goal­keeper has pledged his im­me­di­ate fu­ture to the Reds as they get ready for life in the new FAW Cham­pi­onship South.

Cough­lan’s de­ci­sion to stay at Ste­bon­heath is a ma­jor boost to man­ager Andy Hill as he looks to build a squad ca­pa­ble of re­gain­ing their place in the Welsh Premier League.

Llanelli were rel­e­gated in April after just one sea­son in the top flight, win­ning just four of their 32 league games. But de­spite their strug­gles, Cough­lan emerged as a goal­keeper of real qual­ity and Llanelli have done well to keep him on board.

Hill said: “Scott’s po­ten­tial is huge, he’s a top goal­keeper and will only get bet­ter. He’s a per­fect fit in what we look for.”

Other play­ers to have agreed new deals are Ross Jones, An­thony Fin­sel­bach, Kyle Graves and Luke Morgan. The ex­pe­ri­enced quar­tet all fig­ured in the squad who clinched the Welsh League ti­tle in 2018 and they all played in the Welsh Premier League last term.

They fol­low skip­per Joe Clarke and de­fender Lee Be­van in sign­ing new deals.

Mean­while, Chris Thomas has been named as Llanelli’s new first­team coach. He will join the back­room team in a player-coach ca­pac­ity. A club state­ment said: “Chris brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and knowl­edge and im­pressed on the side­line to­wards the end of last sea­son. He’s a club legend, play­ing more than 350 times for the Reds and mak­ing his de­but 18 years ago as a 16-year-old away to Afan Lido.”

Scott Cough­lan in action for Llanelli Town last sea­son. Pic­ture: Keith Grif­fiths

Gar­den Vil­lage Un­der-13s are pictured with the three tro­phies they won this sea­son. The boys were proud to win the West Wales Cup, Hol­land Easter Tour­na­ment and the Swansea Ju­nior League Cup. Coached by Eric Jones, Gary Moor­house, Lu­cas Richards and Richie McCar­ley, the team are James Havard, Kian Har­men-Luff, Joseph Hier, Ben­jamin Mor­ris, Har­ri­son Moor­house, Oliver Toshack, Wil­liam Richards, Luke Evans, Rokko McCar­ley, Daniel Swin­ford, Kyle Hughes, Al­fie Phillips, Bradley Burchell, Al­fie Moruzzi-Jones, Rhys Richards and Jack Evans.

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