With the champagne corks and confetti still being swept away, The New Saints boss Scott Ruscoe says the preparations for an assault on Europe are already underway.

Saints wrapped up a Welsh Premier League and Welsh Cup double on Sunday when they dispatched nearest rivals in both competitions, Connah’s Quay Nomads, 3-0 at The Rock, home of Cefn Druids, with two goals from Ryan Brobbel and one from Greg Draper.

Ruscoe is already putting together his 2019/20 squad, admitting one unnamed player was already signed and most of his current squad are tied down to new deals.

But he admits that one player not among them – so far – is Tom Holland who was left out of the squad to face Nomads, though Ruscoe is hoping for a positive resolution and to see Holland at pre-season training in a month’s time.

“The preparations have already begun for the Champions League in the summer,” said Ruscoe, who collected his fourth trophy as TNS boss.

“We’ve signed a player – he came in at the end of last week and most of the people who needed tying down to a new contract have been.

“We’ll have a squad of 20/21 players again and they will all be back in four weeks time ready to give it as good a go as they possibly can in that Champions League.

“We think after that there will be one more player to come in.

“I don’t know if Tom is going to one of those 20/21. He’s still up for discussion on the terms of his contract.

“But I hope so because Tom has been magnificent for us this season – he’s had two brilliant seasons for us and I would like him to stay and be part of this football club.”

Ruscoe will head off on a much-needed break of his own before returning to Park Hall at the start of June to get pre-season ready, and is hoping for a positive draw in the Champions League alongside a four-pronged assault on trophies.

He added: “I’m going to spend two weeks away now to recharge the batteries and then I have some pro-licence work to do too, but by the time you blink, you’re back to training again and have to prepare.

“It’s not long off but it’s nice to have the league and Welsh Cup put to bed.

“Our objectives before the start of the season was to go for four – obviously that didn’t come off but these two were the ones we wanted most.

“Next year, the Irn-Bru Cup is on the list; I’ve won two leagues, I’ve won the League Cup and I’ve now won the Welsh Cup so it’s one to tick off. Let’s go and win that as well.”

The first qualifying round for the Champions League will be drawn on June 18, with the first leg played on July 9-10 and the second leg a week later.

Potential British opponents for the Saints include Scottish giants Celtic and Northern Irish champions Linfield, as well as Irish champions Dundalk, plus previous opponents APOEL and KF Shkendija, and former winners Red Star Belgrade.