Coaching roles for two as The New Saints heroes released

Two TNS legends have been offered coaching roles after the club opted not to renew their playing contracts.

Record goalscorer Greg Draper has been released from his playing contract but has taken on a coaching role at Park Hall
Record goalscorer Greg Draper has been released from his playing contract but has taken on a coaching role at Park Hall

Greg Draper, 31, and Simon Spender, 35, have taken on elite football coaching and assistant head of performance roles respectively.

Club-record goalscorer Draper and defender Spender have called time on 10 seasons in the playing ranks at Park Hall as Anthony Limbrick shapes his new squad.

Fellow stalwart Jamie Mullan, a star winger over his eight seasons at The New Saints, has teamed up with rivals and two-time league champions Connah’s Quay Nomads, to reunite with his former boss Andy Morrison.

New Zealand international frontman Draper smashed Mike Wilde’s record of 153 TNS goals last October, going on to net 165 in total.

Full-back Spender has made more than 250 league appearances for the club. The duo won eight league title with the club having arrived in 2011.

Ryan Harrington, Kwame Boateng and Adam Hughes have also been released.

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