With the new season just over a week away, Porthmadog have signed influential playmaker Jay Gibbs.
The ex-Caernarfon midfielder joins the Traeth club from Llandudno, where he spent the latter half of the last campaign under former Cofis manager Iwan Williams.
Gibbs has already figured for Port in pre-season action, playing in their 2-0 win at home to Penrhyndeudraeth and in last Tuesday’s goalless draw against his former teammates at Caernarfon.
Port manager Craig Papirnyk said he had to move quickly to secure Gibbs upon his departure from Maesdu Park: ”After a few conversations and inviting Jay down to train, things moved well with us…a player of Jay’s calibre naturally attracted lots of great offers for him but I am thankful and made up to today announce that he will be joining us at Port.”
”Jay has come in and immiedietly his quality has sent confidence through the entire sqaud. Jay is a winner and his ability and quality in the midfield makes him the best in this league without a doubt and he’s the type of player we have been in need of at Port.”
”He has everything you would look for in a central midfield player, his short and long game with both feet is a joy to watch. He can slow a game down and speed it up when needed, Jay has quality in abundance and his set pieces will be a real threat for us this season. He’s a fiery character because he’s a winner and that’s something you need in every team.”
Llandudno visit Y Traeth on Saturday to take on a team from Porthmadog’s Pathfinders summer camp at Y Traeth (2.30pm ko).
Meanwhile, Jake Jones is joining Pwllheli for a loan spell for the new season. Papirnyk said he needed to be playing regular football this season and the move would gain him ”valuable experience”.
Porthmadog’s Huws Gray Alliance campaign begins on the road at Penrhyncoch on Saturday 11th August – while Pwllheli, newly reinstated to Division One of the Welsh Alliance, start at home to Mynydd Llandegai on the same day.