AERON EDWARDS can't wait to get started after making a high-profile move to Connah's Quay Nomads from The New Saints.

And the 32-year-old midfielder joked that he's ready for what Nomads' boss Andy Morrison has to throw at him on day one of pre-season training.

Edwards famously powered a 25-yard drive into the top corner against Nomads at Park Hall last season, before turning towards Morrison, lifting his finger to his ear and shouting 'what was that?'

Now the two fierce competitors will be on the same side as Nomads look to retain the Cymru Premier title.

"I was sent a GIF of it when the news came out," said Edwards. "That's football. I scored a goal and emotions came out.

"Andy waited for me after the game and we had a laugh about it.

"But I'm ready for some extra running!"

While Morrison won't have enjoyed Edwards' outburst at the time - Saints went on to win the clash 3-0 - it's that type of desire which means the midfielder will be a perfect fit for Nomads.

"Craig knows all about me and I say exactly how I feel," he continued. "When I spoke to Andy his ambition came across and I know what he, Craig and Jay Catton will expect from me."

Trying to help Nomads build on their first ever top-flight title success is exactly the challenge that Edwards is craving after over a decade at Park Hall.

Edwards enjoyed a trophy-laden time with Saints, winning nine titles, five Welsh Cups and half-a-dozen League Cups, earning Wales C recognition in the process.

"I've seen things about me jumping ship now Nomads have won the title, but that's not the case," explained Edwards. "I thought I would spend most - if not all - of my career at TNS, and I'd been there 11 years, which is a third of my life.

"This is an opportunity for me to have one last go at something new, it's a fresh challenge for me in terms of getting to know a different system with new team-mates.

"It will be a great new challenge for me and one I'm looking forward to."

That's not to say that leaving Park Hall for the Deeside Stadium was an easy choice to make for Edwards.

"We've had a lot of success at TNS," he said. "Behind that success is keeping hold of players for a number of years - you just need to look at the likes of Paul Harrison, Chris Marriot, Simon Spender and Jamie Mullan, who have been there for at least seven years, in H's case, 13 or 14.

"It's a key element to the success and I called all my team-mates to say I was going. They were sad to see me go, but they understood it was the right decision for me."

Edwards has mentioned having to get to know a different system and different team-mates, but he will also have to get used to playing his home games on a grass pitch.

"I've had enough of 4G anyway," joked Edwards. "I'm going to have to get some studs now."