One of the top players in the Costcutter Football League for several seasons central defender Jason Williams has been appointed player/manager of reigning champions St Dogmaels in succession to his uncle and manager Steve Jerry Williams who has stood down due to work commitments.

The outgoing boss, who is a postal worker, said it was a wrench to turn his back on the manager’s job but will not be lost to the club where he is taking a senior role behind the scenes.

After joining Maesglas in 1989 he moved across the Teifi where he spent four years at School Field before spells with Cardigan Town and also Newcastle Emlyn in the Welsh League until returning to the Teifi Estuary club in 2007 where he has met with outstanding success both as player and manager.

“I have to put my work first, but you can rest assured that I will be involved with St Dogmaels where I’m sure Jason will do a great job and can depend on first-rate support from assistant manager Wayne Jones,” he said.

The new man at the helm 24-year-old Jason Williams is a big, quick and strong central defender who jointed Saints eight years ago and was appointed skipper when aged 20, turning in brilliant performances in recent seasons.

“Jerry will be a hard act to follow, but I’m delighted to accept the job and confident I’ll have support from everyone at the club,” he said.

Club chairman Peter Wilson said “Jerry has done a fantastic job as manager and we are pleased that he is staying in another capacity.

“Jason is an inspirational captain and I’m sure he’ll be a big hit as player/manager,” he said.