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Former Airbus UK Broughton player-boss Gareth Owen gets Player of the Season award

WELSH PREMIER LEAGUE: Rhyl midfielder and former Airbus player-boss Gareth Owen is the Principality Welsh Premier League Player of the Season.

The 37-year-old ex-Wrexham schemer was the choice of eight Welsh Premier club managers.

Owen won with 56 points, eight clear of team-mate Neil Roberts, who scored 20 goals in his first season in the league since his high-profile move from Wrexham last summer.

Making it a hat-trick for league champions Rhyl in third spot is George Horan.

Rhyl head coach Allan Bickerstaff recruited Owen from Airbus UK Broughton in July 2008 and the signing proved to be inspirational.

Owen was the vital playmaker in the Lilywhites side which won their first league title since the 2003/04 season.

Bickerstaff certainly knew the capabilities of Owen, as he was former assistant manager to the player at The Airfield.

“He’s been phenomenal for me this season and deserves every award he gets,” said the Lilies coach.

As a professional, Owen spent 12 years with Wrexham and two at Doncaster before joining Connah’s Quay Nomads in 2003.

He switched to Airbus in August 2005 after accepting the position of player-manager and did an excellent job with limited resources.

Owen guided the side to a highest-ever 11th position in 2007/08 and was also awarded the Principality Player of the Month accolade for February 2007.

In a season to remember for Owen, he was also named the winner of the annual Daily Post Phil Stanley Memorial Trophy.

Physio is wanted

AIRBUS UK BROUGHTON: The Wingmakers are on the lookout for a new physio for next season.

Anybody interested should contact club secretary on 07793904976, or email [email protected]

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