Following yesterday's announcement by the SPFL that Connah's Quay Nomads would be joining The New Saints the Irn Bru Cup, Connah's Quay Nomads Manager Andy Morrison gave his thoughts.
"We're obviously delighted to be representing the Welsh Premier League for the second consecutive season. I am led to believe that the SPFL made the final decision on which teams would represent the Welsh Premier League in this year's competition and I would like to thank the SPFL and hopefully they looked at our amazing season and gave us the credit we deserve yet sometimes rarely get.
We were the only Welsh Premier League team to achieve European football on two fronts through our league position and Cup win - we reached the semi final of the League Cup and knocked out TNS in the quarter final of the Welsh Cup and then went on to beat Bangor 6-1 before winning the Cup for the first time in the Club's history.
We had the best defensive record in the Welsh Premier League for the third consecutive season, keeping 20 clean sheets in all competitions and finishing in the top three Goals For rankings... again it can be argued that Connah's Quay Nomads didn't get the recognition we should have done for this incredible season."
Looking back on the 2017-18 campaign, Morrison picked out March as a key timeframe for the club;
If I had to pick a key period in the campaign which cemented our season, it would definitely be the month of March - I've been in the Welsh Premier League for six years now and without doubt the month of March this season was our finest.
Incredibly, we beat TNS 2-1 in the Welsh Cup, then went on to beat Cefn Druids 2-1 coming back from 1-0 down with just nine men... we beat Bala 1-0 with just one substitute and we beat Cardiff Met 3-0 with just two substitutes. Did we get the recognigion we deserved for this fantastic month? No..."
Morrison concluded by saying; "Again, I'd like to thank the SPFA for our invitation into the Irn Bru Cup and hopefully we can do the Welsh Premier League proud."