Mel McGinness has returned to Anglesey football by joining Llangefni Town.
The prolific striker has signed for the Cymru North club following his departure from Porthmadog earlier this week.
McGinness scored the winning goal which clinched gold for Ynys Môn’s men at the Inter Island Games last June.
Within 48 hours of that dramatic men’s final, he was unveiled as Port’s new star signing by then-manager Sion Eifion Jones – a move which brought his decade-long involvement at hometown club Holyhead Hotspur to an abrupt end.
In his last year at The New Oval, he was named the Huws Gray Alliance’s player of the season, despite Hotspur’s relegation to the Welsh Alliance.
But times have been even tougher for McGuinness, who has been unable to make an impact during his six-month spell at Y Traeth, which has seen Port struggle to retain their league status.
Craig Papirnyk, who returned as Port’s manager in November, said on Monday: ”It hasn’t worked out in the way Mel would’ve liked and he needs to now go and find more regular football.”
”I can’t fault Mel since I’ve been back at the club – he’s been great with everything and I would like to wish him all the success with his next club and with everything he does in the future.”
McGinness himself tweeted: ”I would most of all like to thank the fans and committee of the club for making me feel so welcome from day one and the new and old coaching staff along with the players who I enjoyed playing with. All the best and get up the league.”
Llangefni, who have also spent much of the season trying to avoid relegation, have been looking to shore up their options for the latter half of the league campaign.
Earlier this month, manager Chris Roberts signed promising striker Cai Penny Williams from Gwynedd League side Bontnewydd. On Tuesday night, he scored for the reserves in their 2-2 draw at Bangor City.
Among other signings, Jordan Murphy and Marc Thomas joined the club from Holyhead Town, who withdrew from the Welsh Alliance, but continue to field a reserves team in the Anglesey League. Marvin Pritchard also returned to Cae Bob Parry, following a brief spell at Llanrug United.
Cefni face another big test on Saturday when they play host to bottom club Llanfair United, the only team in the Cymru Leagues who have yet to register a single win this season.
Back at Y Traeth, Port have also released Ilan ap Gareth, who has moved to another Cymru North club, Rhyl. The midfielder signed last summer from Cefn Druids, following a successful loan spell.
McGinness’ Ynys Môn teammate John Littlemore was another notable departure, along with Telor Williams, who joined Caernarfon Town last week, and Sion Parry, who now plays for Bangor 1876.
One much needed boost was the return of club favourite Cai Jones from Caernarfon, who featured in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Llandudno.
Papirnyk said: ”Cai is one of our own, so for him to come back is a massive lift to us all. He’s excited about coming back and really wants to help us out of the position we are in.”
”He knows what it means to wear the red & black and he’s a Port lad with passion for the club that is ingrained in him, he will add a huge amount of quality to the squad and strengthen our attacking line up.”
With twelve games of the season to go, Port return to action away at Gresford Athletic on Saturday 1st February.