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Nomads: Gary O’Toole named Huws Gray Allliance player of the season as legal row rumbles on

HITMAN Gary O’Toole has been named Charisma Trophies Huws Gray Alliance player of the season for 2010-11.

The Gap Connah’s Quay striker was lethal in front of goal for Nomads, firing home 31 goals over the season and underpinning their title bid.

And it wasn’t just goalscoring that O’Toole brought to the side, a fact highlighted by the fact he received more man-of-the-match nominations from opposing managers than any other player in the Alliance.

And while his goals brought title joy to the Deeside Stadium, the mood has been tempered by the Football Association of Wales’ decision to reject Nomads’ application for a domestic licence, effectively banning them from promotion to the Welsh Premier League due to inadequate floodlighting.

After an independent appeals panel dismissed a further application by Nomads, by which time the floodlights had been brought up to standard, the club has instructed a legal team to build a case against the FAW.

That process is ongoing and news is still awaited on what form Nomads’ legal challenge will take.

They could go to the High Court or the Court of Arbitration for Sport as they plan to argue that they were badly informed and encouraged to invest money in improvements to meet the licence criteria at a time when it was too late to influence the application decision.