TNS have appointed a former Tranmere Rovers and Luton Town boss as the club’s new sporting director.

Gary Brabin, who also spent part of his playing career at TNS, will take on the role to assist new boss Anthony Limbrick and head of coaching Chris Seargeant.

The former centre-back played more than 600 games during a 19-year playing career, before moving into management.

He is hoping to bring more success to TNS after taking on the role as the club’s first ever sporting director.

“I am delighted to become The New Saints' first ever sporting director,” he said.

“I obviously know the club and more importantly the people who make up the club and I am keen to play my part in bringing about greater success to TNS.

“This is a different role to what I have undertook previously, but it is a role which in my previous time as a manager, I would have welcomed the support of a sporting director.

“I take great pride in building and strengthening everything I work upon and I will look at all times to add value to all those involved at the club and whilst continuing to build upon the vision and great work undertaken by the owner, Mike Harris.”

Brabin was most recently the assistant manager at Luton Town and will report directly to the club’s board and oversee the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of the club’s football strategy.

The club’s chairman, Mike Harris, is delighted to secure Brabin’s services.

He said: “Gary has a long association with our club and understands what our club culture is about and will provide high level support to our technical staff at the club.”

The club is aiming to compete in the group stages of a UEFA club competition in the next two years.

Brabin will work to enhance the club’s player performance department, covering areas such as analysis, fitness, health and well-being, medical and physical performance.

With the club continuing to develop its facilities at Park Hall, he will also work closely with the club’s chief operating officer Ian Williams to ensure that players have the best possible facilities available to them to enhance performance on the pitch.