Summer transfers in North Wales football (21-40)

21 Gruff John Williams (Porthmadog to Caernarfon Town)

Gruff John Williams has joined Caernarfon Town. Pic: CTFC media officer Paul Evans

Williams, 25, has landed a chance to impress in the Welsh Premier League with Caernarfon, whom he joins from Porthmadog.

He signed for Port from Llanrug United back in 2012. 

A genuine utility player, he is equally at home anywhere along the back four or in midfield. Cool under pressure, strong going forward and a dangerous free kick specialist, Williams has gained Wales caps at U-18 Schools level. 

22 Michael Parker (Connah’s Quay Nomads to Prestatyn Town)

Prestatyn Town have welcomed back Michael Parker

Midfield maestro returns to the club where he has enjoyed most success.

Parker, 31, has twice won the Cymru Alliance title with Prestatyn, as well as being part of the Welsh Cup winning side of 2012-13.

He is also Town’s record Welsh Premier goalscorer with 48. Had a productive spell with Connah’s Quay Nomads in the WPL last season.

23 Dion Jones (Chester FC to Llandudno)

Dion Jones could be a big hit at Llandudno. Pic: Llandudno FC website

Originally based in Llanfairfechan, Jones came up through the ranks at Llandudno FC’s academy before spending two years at Chester. 

Defender who can play anywhere across the back four and stood out in Chester’s youth team.

24 Aron Jones (Flint Town United to Llandudno)

Aron Jones arrives at Llandudno with plenty of ambition. Pic: Flint Town FC

Attacking midfielder lands at Maesdu Park from Flint Town United. 

Jones signed a professional contract at TNS in 2017, before enjoying a spell at Flint, where he played a part in them finishing second in the Cymru Alliance this season.

Tudno manager Matty Jones is excited to see what Aron can bring to the club, after working with him at Wrexham during his youth career.

25 Mike Williams (Bangor City to Colwyn Bay)

Mike Williams will add experience to the Colwyn Bay back line

Former Wrexham and Wales Under-21 defender joins Bay’s new-look squad.

Mike, who lives in Old Colwyn and whose brother Marc played for the Bay between 2013 and 2015, made over 130 first team appearances for Wrexham.

He made his Wales U-21 debut against Northern Ireland and went on to win 13 caps for his country, alongside players like Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

Williams later represented Kidderminster Harriers before helping Altrincham win promotion to the Conference in 2013/14.

He retired from the game for a while with a hip problem, but made a comeback with Llandudno and played for them in Europe in 2016, before joining Bangor City.

26 Joe Chaplin (Airbus UK Broughton to Colwyn Bay)

Joe Chaplin finds the net in his Porthmadog days

The 26-year-old locally-based striker played at U-16 level for Llandudno, winning two North Wales Youth Coast Cups, before moving to study at Cardiff Met University, where he played for their Welsh League outfit as they won back-to-back promotions.

On moving back home following the completion of his degree, he wore the colours of Glan Conwy, Conwy Borough, Llandudno and Boro again before having a prolific goal-getting spell at Porthmadog prior to signing for Airbus last season, where he won a League and Cup double in Tier 2.

27 Ben Burrows (Cefn Druids to Rhyl)

Ben Burrows has joined Rhyl. Pic: Cefn Druids FC

This quality 20-year-old, who can play in either defence or midfield, has joined the Lilywhites from Cefn Druids.

Burrows spent a large part of this season on loan at Gresford Athletic where he made 23 appearances for them in the Huws Gray Alliance. 

Previously with Wrexham FC, he progressed through their academy system before his release in the summer of 2017 from where he joined Druids.

28 Tom Hartley (to Flint Town United)

Flint got out of a jam by signing left-back Tom Hartley. Pic: Rhyl FC

Flint’s fourth new signing of the close season is left-back Hartley, who has previously played for Cammell Laird, Rhyl and Holywell Town.

Finding a quality left-back has been a priority for the Silkmen since they lost both Jack Lewis and Sam Hart during last season.  

With his passing, crossing and dead-ball skills, plus a tremendous engine down the flank, Hartley should prove an ideal fit at Cae-y-Castell.

29 Alex Boss (Bangor City to Aberystwyth Town)

Alex Boss (right) impressed for Bangor City last season. Pic: eventphotowales

Right midfielder Boss was one of Bangor City’s best performers in last season’s Cymru Alliance and will be aiming to prove he can make the step up to the Welsh Premier with Aberystwyth in 2019/20. 

A product of Bangor City’s Academy who has also played for Holyhead Hotspur, Boss is noted for his electrifying pace and direct play.

Still only 19, he has a bright future in the game. Is in the Ynys Môn squad for the Inter-Island Games.

30 Joe Donovan (Holyhead Town to Holyhead Hotspur)

Formerly with Trearddur Bay United, the versatile Donovan stood out for Holyhead Town last season, scoring several goals.

Now he is trying his luck at a higher level with Hotspur and is expected to shine.

31 Leo Riley (Airbus to Aberystwyth Town)

Defender who built up previous experience as a youth with Tranmere Rovers, Bolton Wanderers and Liverpool before joining Llandudno in the summer of 2015.

The 23-year-old made 40 Welsh Premier League appearances for a successful Tudno side between 2015-17, prior to signing for Airbus and helping the Wingmakers to a Huws Gray Alliance double this season.

Dead-ball specialist with a penchant for scoring spectacular goals.

32 Kai Edwards (Llandudno to Prestatyn Town)

Kai is one of three Edwards brothers to return to Prestatyn in June. Pic: PTFC Facebook page/website

Edwards, 28, enjoyed two seasons at Wrexham before spending 2010/11 at Bastion Gardens on loan.

He went on to play full-time with Neath and TNS before returning to Wrexham in 2016 and making 22 first-team appearances for the Racecourse club.

In January 2017, he put pen to paper for Connah’s Quay Nomads. Last season saw him represent Llandudno.

He is one of seven former Prestatyn players to return to the club in June.

A former Wales Schoolboys captain, Edwards primarily plays in central defence but can also operate at right back or in midfield.

33 Anthony Marshall (Conwy Borough to Llandudno)

Top young defender Anthony Marshall. Pic: Conwy Borough FC

Outstanding young defender returns to Llandudno after successful spells with Conwy Borough and Llandudno Albion. 

Former Llandudno Under 19s captain and a strong, no-nonsense operator at the back.

34 Damian Ketley (to Colwyn Bay)

Well-travelled striker with an eye for goal.

Returns to the Bay having been a prolific scorer for the double-winning Reserves under Chris Thompson in the 2014/15 season.

Ketley signed for Cymru Alliance side Holyhead Hotspur the following season and later played in the Welsh Premier League with Prestatyn Town. 

He has also had spells with Holywell, Flint and Llandudno. A robust, hard-working front man.

35 Steve Thomas (Llandudno to Rhyl)

Steve Thomas played in the Welsh Premier for Llandudno last season

Left-back Thomas joins Rhyl from Llandudno, where he was a regular in the Welsh Premier League last season. 

Thomas joined Tudno at the start of 2018/19 from Holywell Town.

Whilst with Holywell, Thomas skippered the side and was voted Huws Gray Alliance player of the season for 2016/17. 

He was also a vital member of the 2014-15 treble-winning Wellmen side.

36 Tony Davies (Denbigh Town to Flint Town United)

Flint Town United is the latest stop for Tony Davies. Pic: Denbigh Town FC

Davies, who was captain at Denbigh Town last season, is a vastly experienced and formidable defender.

He counts Rhyl, Ashton United and Marine among his former clubs, as well as Bala Town and Llangefni Town, whom he represented in the Welsh Premier League.

37 Alex Downes (Chester FC to Colwyn Bay)

Another notable addition to the Bay squad is the permanent signing of Alex Downes.

The talented young defender enjoyed a productive loan spell at the Seagulls last term, and following his release from Chester he is now raring to go as the Bay prepare for a much-anticipated return to Welsh football in tier two.

38 Anthony Miley (Bala Town to Marine)

Liverpool based Miley, 26, switches to Northern Premier League club Marine from Bala Town after joining the Lakesiders from Bangor City in May 2018, where he had spent the previous five seasons.

He has also previously appeared for Bootle, Conwy and Colwyn Bay, as well as representing Liverpool in the Dallas Cup.

39 Dewi Thomas (Llannerchymedd to Holyhead Hotspur)

Dewi Thomas is back at Hotspur

Former Wales youth international who can be highly effective in either defence or midfield. 

Back at Hotspur for a second spell, having previously played for a number of other clubs including Llannerchymedd, Porthmadog, Bangor City U-19 and Amlwch Town. 

The 24-year-old was also part of the North Wales squad which competed at the 2014 UEFA Regions Cup.

40 Scott McHarrie (Denbigh Town to Llandudno)

New Llandudno manager Matty Jones has brought midfielder McHarrie with him from Denbigh Town.

McHarrie won Denbigh’s Players Player of the Season award in 2018-19. He was also at Wrexham earlier in his career.

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