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CONNAH'S Quay Nomads have agreed a link up with Manchester United.
The Nomads will provide a feeder club that United hope will help identify and attract the cream of footballing talent from north Wales.
In return, the Nomads will receive assistance with both coaching and player development, with the best young talent getting the opportunity to train with the Old Trafford team.
Under rules from Fifa, Welsh youngsters are unable to sign for English clubs until they reach school leaving age.
Wales manager Mark Hughes, who did join United, Ian Rush, Gary Speed, Kevin Ratcliffe and Neville Southall all came through the North Wales system.
The deal with Connah's Quay will allow United to tap into that potential early and, they hope, steal a march on Premiership rivals.
As well as the boost to training resources, Nomads fans can also look forward to seeing their team take on a United XI each year of the initial three-year agreement.
No date has been arranged for this season's match, but it is being pencilled in for early August - a week before the start of the Welsh Premier season.
Nomads chairman Ron Morris said: "This is a great day for Welsh football.
"By providing access to the finest coaches and facilities - arguably amongst the best in the world - we aim to discover and nurture the finest talent available."
4 July 2021