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International clearance scuppers Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s return to the National League

Gary Taylor-Fletcher says his decision to turn his back on offers from a number of National League clubs to stay in Wales was motivated by the time taken for international clearance to arrive.

The 37-year-old former Blackpool, Lincoln City and Huddersfield striker has not played since leaving his player-assistant manager role at Bangor City in the summer following the side’s demotion to the Huws Gray Alliance for failing to acquire an FAW Tier 1 Licence.

A number of National League clubs enquired as to the availability of the former Premier League veteran, but he would not be allowed to play until legal red tape was signed and sealed.

So, to prolong his career, Taylor-Fletcher has opted to stay in Wales and sign for Premier League strugglers Llandudno on an initial short-term contract until January.

Taylor-Fletcher said: “I’ve been speaking to a few clubs over the last few weeks but it would have taken too long with the international clearance to come through over in England, then I got a call from Iwan asking if I’d be interested in coming in to help out the squad with my experience.

“I didn’t have to think too long, and the deal was done pretty quickly. We definitely have what it takes to stay up with the squad that’s assembled, but for some reason things haven’t gone to plan.

“It’s a very strong squad who is underachieving and hopefully just needs a boost in confidence to turn it around.”

On getting his man, Seasiders boss Iwan Williams added: “We have been struggling in front of goal throughout the course of the season and given my affiliation with the club, I’m not one to allow our run of form to continue whilst standing still.”

“When I spoke with Gary and met him in person to explain the situation we’re in he was more than happy to come on board and help out. He’s played at the highest level and of course knows the league well after helping guide Bangor to a runners-up spot last season.”

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