DYLAN McPhee is enjoying a well earned break from football following three decades in the game after stepping down as manager of Builth Wells last month.

During a long playing career, McPhee carved a reputation as a star of the Rhayader Town team which upset the odds by earning promotion and surviving in the Welsh Premier during the 1990s.

McPhee represented Carmarthen Town in Europe and would also play for Caersws and Newtown during a long playing career.

Upon retirement he rebuilt Rhayader following their demise and enjoyed much success at Builth Wells prior to stepping down as manager last month.

McPhee shares highlights from his career and advice to any aspiring players.

County Times: Dylan McPhee and Gavin Samuel. Picture by Darren Laurie.Dylan McPhee and Gavin Samuel. Picture by Darren Laurie.

Dylan McPhee (left) during his spell in charge of Builth Wells.

What was the biggest achievement in your Welsh football playing career?

Playing in Europe for Carmarthen in 2001 against AIK Stockholm was a great experience on and off the pitch.

We had to avoid defeat at Caersws in our last game to qualify for Europe. Caersws were also looking to qualify. It finished 2-2 in front of over 1,000 fans. A brilliant game and atmosphere.

What was the biggest disappointment in your Welsh football playing career?

Not playing enough from picking up injuries, it's easy to say now but wish I looked after myself better.

Biggest inspiration in your career?

My Dad, Ian McPhee. From a very young age all we did was play football and he was very supportive.

Best ground you ever played at?

Sweden's Rasunda Stadium in Stockholm against AIK.

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The Rasunda Stadium in Sweden. Picture Arild Vagen/Wiki Commons.

Best team-mate?

Gareth Hughes class act on and off the pitch. Brilliant player who could play anywhere and was so fit.

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Gareth Hughes.

Most difficult opponent?

Jonathan Williams aka Yammer. I had the pleasure to man mark him a couple of times, he ran all day, was box to box and strong and athletic.

Most memorable match?

Beating high flying Cwmbran Town away 6-3 on a Friday night back in 1998. The late Richie Jones scored twice and ripped them apart all game it was superb, made all the better by Mark Aizlewood before the game saying we were not fit to be on same pitch as them.

County Times: Former Wales international Mark Aizlewood (Victoria Jones/PA)Former Wales international Mark Aizlewood (Victoria Jones/PA)

Mark Aizlewood.

Advice to a young player?

Listen and learn and enjoy every moment. Do the basics and simple things and the rest will follow.