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ANDY Moran has been stripped of his Welsh Premier League player of the year and leading goal-scorer awards for last season.
The decision, made by the Welsh Premier board on Tuesday, comes in the wake of the striker's positive test for the banned performance-enhancing drug Nandrolone.
"The Board made this decision after a great deal of heart searching and deliberations," said league secretary John Deakin.
"But it considered that given the circumstances, it would be inappropriate for Andy Moran to retain these prestigious awards.
"The Board did absolve Rhyl FC of any responsibility whatsoever regarding this matter," he added, expressing the hope that Moran would resume his career with the club following his suspension.
After a drug test following Rhyl's league game with Afan Lido on 13 March, both of Moran's 'A' and 'B' samples tested positive, showing he had 55 times the acceptable limit for the substance.
He offered no evidence in his defence when found guilty at a subsequent hearing on 12 July and the FA of Wales handed him a ban until March 2005.
The player of the season will now be awarded to Moran's captain and former Saints' stalwart Tim Edwards, with Graham Evans of Caersws receiving the leading goal-scorer award.
13 August 2021
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