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Steve Evans
Steve Evans returns to watch his former TNS team-mates shortly after signing for Wrexham.
STEVE Evans spent seven seasons in the Welsh Premier at the heart of the TNS defence, making 142 appearances (plus six for Oswestry Town in 2001/2).
Tall, strong and inspirational, he was the player most highly regarded by other Welsh Premier managers, a tough-tackling defender who was plucked out of the league in the summer of 2006 by Wrexham and quickly established himself in League Two and won his first full international cap for Wales.
Evans had joined TNS in February 2000 from Crewe Alexandra after starting out with West Bromwich Albion and was voted Welsh Premier player of the season in 2004/5 by the league managers.
He won semi-professional caps in 2004 and 2005, three Welsh Premier titles, Welsh Cup and League Cup winners' medals at TNS as well as appearing in four Champions League ties, including two against Liverpool, and two Uefa Cup ties.
He looked set for a long and illustrious career in the domestic league before Wrexham's Denis Smith came calling in June 2006, after Evans had impressed - and scored - against the Dragons in the 3-3 FAW Premier Cup draw at the Racecourse.
Evans scored on his debut for Wrexham against Grimsby Town, won several man-of-the-match awards during his first season and was voted Wrexham's player of the year.
He made his international debut for Wales in a friendly against Liechtenstein on 14 November 2006, was called up again against Northern Ireland and made five more appearances for his country to become one of the Welsh Premier's most successful exports.
But, after two years at the Racecourse, he returned to TNS in January 2009 to resume his successful domestic career, scoring in both legs of the Europa League ties with FRAM Reykjavik.