TNS travel to Bangor City on Saturday with a twelfth JD Welsh Premier title secured.

Manager Scott Ruscoe has promised the squad a month off at the end of the season but insisted the Saints would first look to end the season on a high.

“We are planning for Europe now,” said Ruscoe who will utilise his squad in the Saints remaining programme.

“Some players will get a rest now and we will look to keep things fresh. Everyone will be get used in the coming weeks, especially as the squad is not too big.”

The Saints lost their opening game of the season against their weekend hosts in Ruscoe’s first game at the helm in domestic competition.

However the Saints recovered and secured a 12th championship as customary runaway champions.

Ruscoe admitted winning first title as a manager had been special.

“I’m feeling very good, pleased and happy. Everyone says the first one is difficult but we’ve done it now and we’ve got two trophies on the board.

The Saints did not have to get out of first gear against a Cefn Druids side with the title already secured courtesy of Bala Town’s 1-0 defeat to Connahs Quay Nomads two days earlier.

Ruscoe said: “It was a great performance. I said to the lads at half-time when it was 2-0 that they looked like they were enjoying themselves and playing with a smile on their face and that carried on in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

“My only slight criticism was we were trying to go into central areas where we were never going to win it but you can’t complain too much.”

The Saints next challenge will be ensuring their annual UEFA Champions League foray extends beyond July.

UEFA announced changes to the format last month and give champions from smaller leagues such as TNS a better chance to advance towards the group stages.

“As a club we are looking ahead and planning for Europe,” said Ruscoe. “That has to be the focus now.

“The players will have longer off at the end of this season than last before returning and stepping up preparations for the Champions League.”