Caernarfon Town have swooped on two Porthmadog players as they continue to prepare for their Welsh Premier return.
Both Cai Jones and Sion Bradley figured strongly for the Traeth side last season – but make the move up to the top flight as Cofis manager Sean Eardley strengthen his strikeforce.
Bradley, thought to be one of the Canaries’ key targets in the close season, played for his hometown club Blaenau Ffestiniog and Penrhyndeudraeth. He won the WPL Development title with Bangor City in 2015-16, but in January last year, made a loan move to Port, before making a permanent move.
For Jones, it’s a return to the Oval, having played a key role in the Caernarfon side which clinched a treble in 2012-13 under then manager Lee Dixon.
The duo’s arrival comes hot on the heels of Ross Stephens and Ben Maher joining the Canaries last Thursday from relegated Prestatyn Town.
Eardley, named the Huws Gray Alliance manager of the season, said on Tuesday: ”Cai is someone we tracked last year and were interested over Christmas. He stayed with Port and notched a few more goals and remained on the radar. He will give us a physical presence and I’m sure he’ll notch a few goals and cause defence problems.”
”Sion is and will remain a promising young player for a couple more years. He’s done exceptionally well at Port the last couple of years and he’s relishing the opportunity to perform at the top tier of Welsh football.”
Porthmadog have made no comment on the departures of either Jones or Bradley.
Elsewhere, new Bangor City boss Craig Harrison has also brought his tally of new signings to four by bringing in a former New Saints man.
Robbie Parry joins the Nantporth club after two seasons with the reigning WPL champions, which took in forty appearances. He spent the second half of last season on a return loan spell at Llandudno, scoring two goals.
The former Wales Under 19s winger began his career with Wolves before figuring for Stoke City’s under 21s. He was let go by current New Saints manager Scott Ruscoe last month.
Harrison said: ”Robbie clearly has very good quality and has spent a lot of his career…he is a very good lad who I know very well and am excited to work with him again as I feel I got the best out of him. Robbie scored 9 goals in 21 games with me which is exceptional from a wide area.”
”He is extremely enthusiastic, he didn’t play as such football as he should have played last year has the hunger and desire to earn his place in the team and the key thing for me is that he wants to be at the football club.”
Parry himself said he felt Craig got the best out of him and was looking forward to lifting Bangor City out of the second tier and back into the WPL.
His arrival comes a week after the signing of ex-Colwyn Bay captain and Stockport defender Sam Barnes. Jake Phillips has also joined City on a season-long loan from Connah’s Quay Nomads, adding to the high profile return of fans’ favourite Les Davies for a third stint at the club.
AROUND THE CLUBS…
- Llangefni Town manager Chris Roberts continues to strengthen for their latest Welsh Alliance campaign by raiding the dressing room at Llanrug United. Prolific goalscorer Alan Mark Owen, keeper Dyfan Roberts and midfielder Marvin Pritchard have transferred to Lon Talwrn. Midfielder Chris Saxon returns for next season and Paul Rowlands has also committed to Cefni for 2018-19.
- Undeterred by their triple loss to Llangefni, Llanrug United – celebrating their 50th anniversary – have promoted David Noel Williams as manager to replace Mark Jat after three seasons in charge. His first signing is the return of striker Kev Lloyd from Caernarfon Town. He’s scored 62 goals for United in his first two spells at Eithin Duon.
- Seven players have committed their futures at Nantlle Vale so far this summer – captain Dylan Williams, Aaron Davies, Ceirion Hall (keeper), Sion Wyn Williams, Aaron Griffiths, Matthew Davies and Adam Jackson.
- Two new players have joined Bodedern Athletic as they step up to Division One in the Welsh Alliance – striker Ryan Nolan and goalkeeper Bry Roberts strengthen the Take Stock Cup winners. No less than ten of last season’s squad have also re-signed.
- Amlwch Town’s first new arrival is ex-Cemaes Bay midfielder Tam Morton while keeper Harvey Williams has extended his contract for another season, along with Ryan Mckean, Tom Wood, Adam Taylor and Jude Gallacher.
- Gaerwen have also rung the changes with ex-Bangor and Llandudno player Peter Jones taking over as manager from Lee Jones. He’s decided to retain the backroom staff for the next campaign – Kenny Jones, Keith Jones and Paul Bryant.
- At Menai Bridge Tigers, Dafydd Healy has signed up for his first full campaign with the Gwynedd League club and captain Tom Healy stays on for a fourth year. Two former faces are also rejoining the Tigers – Darren Gowans returns for his third stint and Ryan Owen is back at his boyhood club after a two year absence.
- But the new season will start without at least one club. Beaumaris Town have pulled out of the Gwynedd League, having won just two of their 22 league games last term.