Llanwern have designs on climbing pyramid

Llanwern FC

AMBITIOUS Welsh League Division Three outfit Llanwern have designs on climbing the pyramid.

The club recently replaced former long-serving manager Laurence Owen with ex-Croesyceiliog and Cwmbran Celtic boss Gareth Morgan.

His arrival coincides with Llanwern's move into a new stadium that is currently being built on the other side of the city's Velodrome - situated adjacent to Newport Stadium - and will be ready ahead of the new season which starts in August.

The new ground will consist of a UEFA-approved 3G-synthetic pitch, floodlights, a 100-seater stand plus dressing rooms and hospitality facilities.

Morgan revealed he had not expected to return to the MacWhirter Welsh League scene so quickly after he departure from Celtic.

"I had vowed to ensure that I waited for a project which excited me," continued Cardiff-based Morgan, who guided Croesyceiliog to a Nathaniel League Cup triumph in 2009-10.

"But then out of the blue, and just a few days after I had stood down from Celtic, came a call from Llanwern's chairman (Dave Jones).

"And having met with them (Jones and club secretary Alan Watkins) the next day, I have no doubt that this is a great proposition for me and is exactly the sort of thing I needed.

"The club boasts some fine players and I am looking forward very much to working with them and managing the first MacWhirter Welsh League team to have a 3G playing surface.

"It's difficult to play a certain type of game on many of the pitches at our level, so to have that concern taken away for our home games should excite any player who likes to pass the ball and attack - and we will certainly look to do both in abundance!"

"There is real ambition here at this club and without that there would have been little point in even discussing the job."

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