Deryn Brace is a former Norwich City trainee who joined Wrexham
after failing to break into the City first team. Deryn started
playing for the Robins at right back but took over the left back
role. According to the Wrexham website, he is"a fan favourite
at the Racecourse Ground who is seen as commitment personified
and who loves to share his feelings with the crowd. He is a great
tackler, enthusiastic pushing forward and, now, comfortable on
both flanks making him a very valuable asset in the Wrexham line-up.
His performances has earned him 5 Welsh U-21 caps and involvement
with the full squad. He has suffered with injuries and was out
of action for 5 months after catching pneumonia."
Deryn was given a free transfer on 15th May 2000 and joined League
of Wales side Llanelli in the autumn of 2000, playing primarily
as a midfielder. During the season, he transferred to Carmarthen.
During 2001/02, he moved to Haverfordwest County. On 13th June
2002, County surprisingly announced that Brace was to become their
player-manager at the age of 27 ! He replaced John Lewis but will
be assisted by former Cardiff player Micky Lewis.
Deryn quit as Haverfordwest's manager at the beginning of October
2006 due to work commitments. He intended to stay with the club
as a player under new manager Derek Brazil (ex-Manchester United
and Cardiff) but was released two weeks later. Brace, who made
126 appearances for the Bluebirds out of a Welsh Premier total
of 138, is said to be interesting two of his former clubs - Carmarthen
Town and Llanelli - as well as Port Talbot Town. In the end, Deryn
re-signed for Carmarthen.
On 23rd May 2007, Carmarthen appointed Brace as their new manager,
following the shock dismissal of Mark Jones who was released just
two weeks after winning the Welsh Cup and taking the Old Gold into