THERE are not many more characters throughout the years more synonymous to Denbigh Town Football Club than Richard Williams-Cooke.

He is an iconic figure at Central Park and the news that he is returning to work as assistant to manager Eddie Maurice-Jones is a further boost to a club that has gone from strength-to-strength in recent years.

A lot of their success is down to the foundations laid by Williams-Cooke during his spell in-charge, where he masterminded one of their greatest seasons in the club’s history by going unbeaten to claim the Lock Stock Welsh Alliance Division One crown, in addition to the Cookson Cup.

One of the key elements behind this achievement was the incredible team spirit that was generated by the boss within the squad, and they were all pulling in the same direction thanks to the guidance and belief installed with them by their manager.

He has a great nous for getting the best out of his players on a consistent basis, and with some of his squad still working with Eddie Maurice-Jones the transition back into the set-up will be seamless.

This move could also be fantastic news for midfielder Kristian Pierce, who played his very best football under Williams-Cooke, who managed to get the most out of a player with a huge amount of potential which secured his high-profile move to then-WPL side Rhyl.

Maurice-Jones is no stranger to his new assistant both during his playing and management days, and the pair have developed a close bond and his experience during testing times will be a significant asset to call upon in a time of need.

There is no doubt that Williams-Cooke is an incredibly respected figure throughout the North Wales football scene, and you would do well to find a player that has worked with him say a bad word about him. He is a dedicated individual with a huge passion for Denbigh Town, and his knowledge of players in the area could be vital during the January transfer window.

He is renowned for taking no prisoners both during his playing days and in management, but this also ensures that any player switching off will be held accountable and this has been a huge contributing factor in his achievements to date.

This is a club on the up both on-and-off the pitch. With a new stand in place and further developments scheduled, an FAW Domestic License may not be too far away which could mean a berth in the JD Welsh Premier League for the first time in their history.

Chairman Shon Powell has made no secret of his desire to get the club into the top flight, and he is a huge supporter of Williams-Cooke having given him the opportunity to manage Town in the first instance with sensational results.

The HGA is a notoriously difficult league to get out of, but the squad has acquitted themselves superbly this year to emerge as genuine title challengers to Caernarfon Town thanks to a number of exceptional performances.

They are a side littered with quality in all areas and the addition of Williams-Cooke will be a massive moral boost to the players, and if he can influence the squad anywhere close to he has in previous years, then it is going to be an extremely successful second term in the dugout with Maurice-Jones.

It is a very exciting time to be a Denbigh Town supporter, and the return of their prodigal son is a huge statement of intent in regards to their long-term ambitions.