ANDY Morrison will lead Connah’s Quay Nomads in their quest for a hat-trick of JD Cymru Premier titles after confirming he would be staying on as manager.

Following last Saturday’s championship-clinching victory over Penybont, the 50-year-old hinted that the match could have been his last in charge of the Nomads.

However, after meeting with owner Gary Dewhurst yesterday afternoon, Morrison stated his intention to remain in the Deeside Stadium hotseat.

“We’re in a really strong position,” he said. “We’re champions of the league, we’re going into the Champions League, we have a very competitive part-time budget, and I’m ready to go again.

“When I’m seeing the eyes of the young lads or senior players and the intensity, fire and desire is still there, that inspires me to go ‘I don’t want to leave this, I want to be part of this going forward’.

“I’m as positive after speaking to Gary as I’ve been in a long time, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

He added: “The lads who we have options on in their contracts will be re-engaged, and then the senior players and those out of contract, everybody wants to do what we did again.

“They want that challenge.”

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Morrison guided the Nomads to their second successive league title this season as they finished two points ahead of The New Saints.

The Saints boast the league’s only squad of full-time professionals, while the champions have been operating with a mixture of full and part-time pros.

However, Morrison has revealed that the North Wales club is going to revert back to a fully part-time model.

“They’re looking at a way where we can be sustainable and that’s the key,” he said.

“We’ve had a model where we’ve been half full-time, half part-time, and we’ve looked at the structure of that, and we’ve come to a decision that we’re going back to part-time.

“We’re going to be completely part-time going forward, and we believe that makes it more realistic for us to be able to go season after season and not end up as a Llanelli, Neath, Rhyl or Barry.

“We don’t want to be the team that will win the league and then go bust within a couple of years.

“We’ve got to find a way to stay sustainable and that is reflected in us going back to a part-time model, and that means I go back to being a part-time manager.

“The dynamics of that slightly change and it appealed to me, and I’m excited about it because I know the energy, quality of the playing staff and the preparation and intensity for every game won’t drop off.

“I believe with a part-time model, we can compete. Can we compete with, on paper, the biggest team in the league? We’ll only see that in time.”