"They say good teams win titles, but only really, really good teams defend them," said Crag Harrison as his New Saints side celebrated winning their tenth Welsh crown.
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The New Saints claimed their tenth Welsh Premier League title on Saturday evening with a 2-0 home win over closest challengers Bala Town.
Already the most decorated club in the history of the Welsh Premier League, this was a fifth title in a row for TNS and manager Craig Harrison, the former Middlesbrough and Crystal Palace defender who has now lifted 11 trophies since taking charge at Park Hall in December 2011. "They say good teams win titles, but only really, really good teams defend them," he told UEFA.com as he celebrated his latest success.
Needing a win their final home match of the season to lift the trophy in front of their own fans, TNS obliged through second-half goals from Ryan Brobbel and Aeron Edwards.
"It's been a tougher season than it has been for the last four years," added Harrison. "We've had a good set of players since I've been here, and we haven't made wholesale changes. I like to know my players, and I like to know I can trust my players. The trust we have as a unit, with myself, the players and the coaching staff – it's second to none."
TNS are on course to repeat last season's treble, and will meet Broughton in the Welsh Cup final next month, having won the League Cup in January. The title, meanwhile, means they have a place in next season's UEFA Champions League qualifiers, and will compete in Europe for the eighteenth season in succession.