MARC Griffiths has enjoyed a stellar career.

From helping Cefn Druids to the Welsh Cup final and promotion to the JD Cymru Premier to a successful spell at Bala Town, Griffiths has played at the highest standard in the Welsh game.

In more recent years he has been at the helm of Llanrhaeadr, guiding the club to a host of cup honours and a return to the JD Cymru North,

Griffiths looks back at his career and shares insights, including his highs and lows along with tips to any player looking to progress in the game.

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

“Biggest achievement has to be reaching the Welsh Cup final with Cefn Druids in 2012.

“We were a Cymru Alliance team at that time and caused a few upsets on what was an incredible journey.”

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

“My biggest disappointment would be getting a straight red card for Bala Town during the 2009 title run in. I Subsequently missed the remaining three games of the season – they obviously didn’t miss me too much as we went on to win all three games.”

Biggest inspiration in your career?

“I will have to name two managers that I played under who I respect massively and that’s Colin Caton and Huw Griffiths.

“I have taken so much from them both not only as a player but as I move into my management career.

“They helped me understand the importance of creating a real togetherness, not only as a group of players but also as a whole club.

“I would have ran through a brick wall for either of those men and the club’s they managed, and I can only hope that I can get players that play under myself to want to do the same for me.”

Best ground you ever played at?

“Best ground has to be Belle Vue in Rhyl. Always a brilliant surface and just feels like a good old-fashioned football ground.

“We pulled off a couple of big upsets up there over the years and we will hopefully see them back among the top clubs in Wales soon.”

Best team-mate?

“Has to be George Hughes, former Welshpool skipper, I didn’t know him until I rejoined Welshpool from Bala in 2010, we later both moved to Cefn Druids.

“George has since moved up to Scotland but we still keep in touch.”

Most difficult opponent?

“Graham Evans of Caersws was always a step ahead of anyone else on the pitch.”

Most memorable match?

“Has to be Llanrhaeadr versus Cefn Druids in the Welsh Cup.

“We pulled off one of the Welsh Cup’s biggest ever upsets with a 3-2 victory. A massive achievement in itself but ment that bit more as it was against a former manager and club.”

Advice to a young player?

“Make the most of the talent you have, look to play as high a standard as possible even if that means taking yourself out of your comfort zone.”