Merthyr Town Football Club can provide supporters with a squad update ahead of the 2022/23 Southern League Premier South season.
Unfortunately, Nick Rhodes has retired from football due to recurring ankle injuries, the latest injury picked up in the first friendly against Bristol Manor Farm and again against Treharris, which is worse than first thought. Returning from these recurring injuries is taking its toll on Nick physically and mentally so he has decided to retire, also taking into consideration his level of ankle movement in later life.
On the injury, Manager Paul Michael said: "I know the Merthyr supporters never got to see Nick but he was really excited to be joining the club and put retirement off to play here, however, understandably the latest injury is one too many and I understand his decision. The Merthyr supporters never got to see how good a player he is but having worked with him for a number of years I’d like to say a personal thanks for his top quality commitment and dedication, simply a brilliant defender and a top class person.”
After a successful trial over the summer centre back Callum Ryan-Phillips has been added to the squad following his release from Newport County AFC. Camden Duncan also returns to the club having yet to be announced on social media, with Rhys Kavanagh also moving onto pastures new.
Merthyr Town current squad:
"At the moment that’s a 20 man squad including Kerry who requires an operation," continued Michael. "We’re looking at 19 players at present and that’s the kind of squad we will require to be more competitive this season. Already we’re looking like having a few unavailable for the first game due to injury or lack of match fitness and that’s the reason for the squad.
"The players have bought into that this about creating a group of players for Merthyr Town for the full season and trying to achieve something. I’m very excited by what the squad has to offer and hope we can translate that into points come the real competitive stuff."