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DUE to increased work commitments as head of sport at the newly-formed Coleg y Cymoedd, Neil Smothers has decided to relinquish his role within the management structure at Carmarthen Town.

Smothers, 37, was appointed player-coach at the Old Gold in November 2011 and became assistant boss when Mark Aizlewood was appointed manager in January 2012.

"It cannot have been an easy decision for such a dedicated professional within the Welsh Premier League," says a statement from Richmond Park.

"Hopefully he will be able to return to football in some capacity in the future as he has so much to offer the game."

An accomplished defender, Smothers made 230 (+47) appearanes in the Welsh Premier for UWIC Inter Cardiff, Cwmbran Town and Port Talbot before joining Carmarthen in 2004.

He has also played for Newport County and Cefn Forest and spent a year coaching and playing in Australia before returning to Wales with Bridgend Town and then rejoining Carmarthen as player/coach.