WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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SCOTT Ruscoe has been confirmed as manager of The New Saints with Steve Evans as his assistant. The duo had been in interim charge since the departure of Craig Harrison to Hartlepool.

Both were long-serving players with the club before becoming involved with the Park Hall academy. Ruscoe joined TNS in January 2002 after previous experience with Chester and Newtown and was called up to the Welsh semi-professional side that won the Four Nations trophy in 2004.

A member of the league's dream team in 2004/5 and 2005/6, he is the record appearance holder with TNS and made a total of 392 (+36 ) scoring 73 goals.

Formerly with Crewe Alexandra and West Bromwich Albion, Evans became a TNS stalwart who played in the 2000 title-winning season. A Welsh semi-professional international, he was voted Welsh Premier player of the season in 2004/5.

He then took the opportunity to rejuvenate his Football League career by joining Wrexham on a two-year deal in June 2006 and won his first full Welsh cap against Lichtenstein, adding six more.

Evans returned to TNS on the last day of the January 2009 transfer window and played a pivotal role in the defence that conceded a league record of just 13 goals in 2009/10 on the way to a league and league cup double. He had his contract terminated in November 2010 but returned in May 2011 after a FAW tribunal ruled in his favour. He scored 41 goals from his 271 (+19) WPL appearances.

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22 October 2017

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