After a season of historic feats for Wales’ oldest football club, Cefn Druids are all set for their UEFA Europa League journey to commence over the next few days as they do battle with Lithuanian outfit FK Trakai in the competition’s Preliminary Round.
Cefn Druids v FK Trakai
UEFA EUROPA LEAGUE
- Preliminary Round - 1st Leg
- Thursday, 28 June 2018
- Park Hall, Oswestry
- Kick-off: 7.00pm
Former Wales Under-21 International Jordan Evans has recently joined Huw Griffiths’ side at the Rock and is a fitting addition for the Ancients, who have a side full of young, talented footballers, hungry for success.
“I’m looking forward to the European experience massively,” Evans told FAW.Cymru. “It will be the first time a lot of us have played in the competition and we’re all very excited.
“I don’t see why we can’t progress, not one reason, I’ve been hugely impressed with the players and the management and the set-up at Druids. It’s no surprise they’ve been so successful recently with the team they’ve got here and to compete in Europe together will be amazing.
“Coming here is a perfect fit for me, the lads are a great bunch. The manager gives us lots of details, lots of tactical information and the team really tries to play football the right way, so it suits me down to the ground really.”
Still only early in his career, Evans has accomplished much already in representing his country at junior level, competing for Oxford United in the Football League Trophy Final, scoring in Bala Town’s famous JD Welsh Cup Final victory over TNS and more.
“I’m still only 22 and very proud of what I’ve managed to achieve so far in football, but to go on a European journey like this with Cefn Druids has to be up there, if not at the top of the list of personal highlights from my time in football so far.
“Not many players can say they’ve competed in the Champions League or Europa League, so it is an incredible honour for all of us to be involved and not one we take lightly.
Not many players can say they’ve competed in the Champions League or Europa League, so it is an incredible honour for all of us to be involved and not one we take lightly.
“It is the preliminary round, of course, but to be playing at this level – especially for what is our local club for a lot of us – is a huge achievement for everyone involved.
“It’s fantastic for the JD Welsh Premier League that four teams get into European competitions every year, it takes an already very competitive league up a level because everyone wants to play on such a massive stage.
“I’m very fortunate to be involved after the team did so well to qualify last season.”
Spending his first 18 months in the JD Welsh Premier League at Colin Caton’s Bala Town, the youngster found regular action hard to come by towards the end of his time with the Lakesiders but spoke of his excitement for the new challenge at Druids.
“It just felt like the right place for me to go because every aspect of the club is just a perfect fit for me. The sort of players that are already there or have been signed in the summer like I have, are all young, hungry, wanting to take their games up a level and wanting regular football.
“We want to enjoy our football, we want to grow together and learn as much as we can along the journey, so for me it was an easy decision to come here.
“I really enjoy the way Cefn Druids play, I’ve seen them a few times since they’re my local side and I feel I’ll fit in well here, but that’s up to me now to work my way into the team.
“To progress in the competition with this club and these boys would be absolutely surreal. It’s one thing to play in Europe, but it would be another to progress and go as far as we can.
“Cefn Druids are becoming a real force in Wales now but to progress in Europe would just be amazing.”