Trunds – The new face of The Welsh Premier League

Posted on August 19, 2010


By Tim Harris
FORMER Swansea City legend Lee Trundle is set to become the new figure-head of Welsh football, following his surprise move to Neath FC in July.

The Liverpool born striker will provide his services at The Gnoll in the Welsh Premier League this season.

Lee Trundle has opted to play his football for Neath this season

 Trundle has been playing his football at the Liberty Stadium for the past year, on loan to Swansea from Bristol City, but decided to join Neath after his parent club released him this summer.

And Trundle’s move to the Eagles is not only an outstanding coup for the club; it is also the biggest signing in the league’s history.

The Welsh Premier League has struggled for recognition for a number of seasons, and crowd attendances have been particularly dismal.

However, the arrival of Lee Trundle to the Neath setup could prove just the attribute required to raise the profile of Welsh football.

Trundle will link up with former Swansea teammate Kristian O’Leary, who has also recently put pen to paper for Neath.  And attracting talent of this calibre to the club displays definitive promise for the future of the league.

A Swansea Love Story
Despite performing for several teams in his career, including Bristol and Leeds, Lee Trundle’s heart will always remain in Swansea.

The 33-year-old forward graced the pitch not only at the Liberty, but also Swansea’s former ground, the historic Vetch Field.

Trundle’s finest moments in football have come whilst clad in a white shirt, and he has developed a strong and affectionate rapport with the Swansea faithful.

It is no great secret that Trundle’s personal ties with Swansea inevitably influenced his decision to sign for Neath.

Trundle celebrates scoring for Swansea in last year's Championship

Trundle has played once already for his new team, appearing in the Eagles first league match of the season – a 2-1 victory over Bangor City.

The spectacle was witnessed by a capacity crowd of 507, a significant reduction from the 20,000 or so that fill the Liberty each week.

It is too early to speculate just how successful the new signing will be in putting Neath FC on the map.  But one fact is certain – come what may, Lee Trundle will go down as a national treasure of Welsh football.