New signing Damien Allen is hungry for success and is eyeing a return to Europe with the Robins.

Allen has become the Robins first summer signing, after spending the back end of last season with Mid Wales rivals Aberystwyth Town.

He has enjoyed a good career on both sides of the border, and had a successful seven years spell at Bangor City which saw him play in European competitions.

He has insisted his move to the Robins was a big decision as he comes towards the end of his career, and he’s hungry for success and is eyeing a place in Europe once again.

He said: “I’ve known Chris for a number of years through the FAW, I had a chat with him and was pleased to sign.

“Newtown has always appealed to me as a friendly and professional club, the lads seem a great bunch and I was after a new challenge.

“This was a big decision for me as I had been at Bangor for seven years and then left mid season, which was a strange situation.

“I needed to go somewhere and play straight away and I’m not saying Aber wasn’t the right move as it is a good club.

“I’m coming up to 32 now and I don’t want to waste the last few years of my career, and I felt Newtown was the right move.

“I want to enjoy success and get back in Europe and not be fighting relegation.

“If you look at the players here we’re certainly good enough to do it.

“The lads have been there before and have been there or there abouts in the last few years.”

The central midfielder has made over 150 appearances in the JD Welsh Premier League since arriving at Bangor in 2011.

He has been working with the FAW on his coaching badges said the professional facilities and professional look the club gives off was one of his reasons for signing.

Allen added: “I’ve had chats with Chris down the years in pre-season, but I’m quite a loyal player and have been at Bangor for many years.

“This time I liked what Chris was saying, and I think I fit into the style of play and like the way Newtown go about playing.

“They’ve got a good core to the squad still here from last year and I felt it was the right move.

“It is a very well run club, it is very professional and the facilities are first class.

“The staff have given us training programmes to do over the summer, and that shows it is a professional club and I’m looking forward to getting started.”

The 31-year-old will be one of the most senior players in the squad, and is hoping to help and guide the younger squad members alongside the likes of skipper Craig Williams.

Allen added: “Hopefully I can bring my experience from the league to the club, and work alongside the other experienced lads like Craig Williams to help the younger boys.

“There seems to be a good blend of youth and experience and I am chomping at the bit for pre-season and can’t wait to get started.”