CAERNARFON Town have been dealt a significant blow with the news that Nathan Craig has departed the club.

The Canaries released the news on Monday regarding their long-serving player, who has spearheaded their incredible rise to prominence in recent seasons.

Craig has citied wanting “a new challenge” as the reason behind the decision, and the former Wales youth international issued a heartfelt statement thanking everyone associated with the Cofis’ for all their support.

He said: “I've been thinking hard over the last few weeks about my place in the Caernarfon squad. It's been a tough time to weigh everything up and the decision is not easy to make.

“Caernarfon Town has always been in my heart and I will always be a Caernarfon boy. I feel I've succeeded in everything I've done for Caernarfon and feel it's time to move on for a new challenge.

“I understand that this may be a disappointment to many associated with the club and I cannot thank everyone enough for their support over the years, from the backroom staff, the players I have had the pleasure of playing with but especially to the Cofi Army. A very special group of people who have a special place in my heart.

“It has been a privilege to represent my local club over the years and to be captain. I am also delighted to have had the opportunity to be the Community Football Officer for the club, to develop the skills of the local children and to be privileged to see them succeed and grow in confidence.”

The dead-ball specialist, who can operate in either defence or midfield, made his Town debut in 2021 before returning on a permanent basis following a stint in the professional ranks in 2014.

He skippered the side to the Huws Gray Alliance title and an elusive promotion to the top-flight. Craig was also instrumental in the club attaining two top-six finishes during their initial period in the JD Cymru Premier.

Craig also played a leading role in the development of youngsters across the region in his role as community football officer.