Summer transfers in North Wales football (81-100)

Leo Smith (right) with Caernarfon Town assistant-manager Sean Eardley. Pic: CTFC media officer Paul Evans

81 Ian Pleming (Bontnewydd to Mountain Rangers)

Ian “Chops” Pleming is seen as a key signing by Mountain Rangers

This experienced 33-year-old is seen as the final piece in the jigsaw as Mountain Rangers manager Alex Philp prepares for the club’s Anglesey League debut.

“Chops” is a strong and skilful striker who has regularly scored goals at all levels.

As a teenager he became a member of Caernarfon Town’s 2003/04 Welsh Premier side, making one full and one substitute appearance having impressed in the reserves. He later played for Llangefni Town and Bontnewydd.

In 2007/08 he was crowned top scorer at Gwynedd League side Bethel before joining Caernarfon Borough of the Caernarfon and District League.

After three games of the 2009/10 season he left to join Mountain Rangers, scoring four on his debut versus Nefyn – a feat he would repeat against Blaenau Ffestiniog later in the season when bagging 22 goals in 15 games.

Having finished the campaign as the league top scorer, he attracted interest from Glantraeth and joined the club on a one-year contract.

His first season at the club was hugely successful as they finished Gwynedd League runners-up and won the North Wales Coast Intermediate Cup, Gwynedd League Cup, Bob Owen Memorial Shield and the Gwynedd Shield, with Pleming scoring a hat-trick and awarded the man of the match award in the final versus Llanfairfechan.

The following season saw him remain at Glan and he notched seven goals in eight games before the lure of a transfer to his hometown club proved too strong and he returned to The Oval in November 2011.

He made 13 appearances scoring twice before returning to Glantraeth in October 2012 after a brief spell playing alongside his brother Arwel at Caernarfon Borough.

He soon found the net on his return to Glan, however disaster struck against Pwllheli in March 2012 when he damaged the cruciate ligament in his knee and tore his hamstring.

After a lengthy absence, Ian resumed his career with Nantlle Vale and Gwalchmai before becoming player-manager at Talysarn Celts in 2015/16, where he found the net on a regular basis.

Pleming returned to Bontnewydd and led them to the Gwynedd Safeflue Trophy. Last season, as player-manager, he picked up the Top Scorer award with 16 goals.

82 David Williams (Llanfairfechan Town to Llandudno Amateurs)

A quality player with an experienced head on his shoulders, Williams is reunited with Amateurs manager Sandy Malone, whom he played under at Llanfairfechan Town three years ago.

In that spell at Llanfair, Williams captained Town to a cup double and two runners-up medals.

He is a big signing as last season’s Vale of Clwyd and Conwy champions Amateurs prepare for life in Welsh Alliance League Division Two.

83 Rob Jones (Holywell Town to Conwy Borough)

Rob Jones

Attacking midfielder, aged 30, who has a great track record in the Huws Gray Alliance.

Won back-to-back tier two titles with Connah’s Quay in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and was a champion again with Caernarfon Town in 2015-16.

Also had an 18-month stint with Bangor City in the Welsh Premier League, featuring in their Europa League squads against Stjarnan of Iceland in summer 2014.

Has also had spells with Flint Town United and Holywell Town, where he played last season.

84 Dom McHugh (Connah’s Quay Nomads to Flint Town United)

Dominic McHugh. Pic: NCM Media

Promising 19-year-old who scored a lot of goals for Nomads in their Welsh Premier Development and North East Wales League sides.

McHugh has spent the last four years at Deeside Stadium but now makes the short-distance switch to Cae-y-Castell.

Versatile left-footer who can play in a number of roles.

85 Kai Jackson (Cefn Druids to Penycae)

Kai Jackson (left) with manager Ben Heath

Seventeen-year-old returns to the Riverside following a spell at Cefn Druids in which he captained the U19’s and Reserves to two league titles as well as making his senior debut and getting his first cap for Wales in March, featuring in two fixtures against Republic of Ireland.

Jackson becomes Penycae’s first signing of the summer – and it’s one manager Ben Heath thinks will help the club build for the future.

Heath said: “I am excited and happy that we have signed Kai; he is one of the best local talents I have seen and this is proof of the direction the club will be going in moving forward.

“I want the club’s future to be built around local youth and by implementing an ethos and philosophy around this, we can allow youngsters to play with passion, heart and no fear.”

86 Ben Collins (Brickfield Rangers to Holywell Town)

Ben Collins brings plenty of experience to Holywell. Pic: Brickfield Rangers FC

Experienced left-sided operator who has played in the Welsh Premier League.

Represented Ruthin Town, Buckley Town and gap Connah’s Quay before joining Bala Town in January 2012.

Went on to make more than 50 WPL appearances for the Lakesiders, also featuring in the Europa League.

Later spells with Conwy Borough, Rhyl, Warrington Town and Brickfield Rangers followed before the 31-year-old moved to Holywell.

87 Jonny Spittle (Connah’s Quay Nomads to Bala Town)

Jonny Spittle has joined Bala Town. Pic: Bala Town FC

Bala Town have announced central defender Jonny Spittle as their first summer signing.

The 24-year-old was released by Connah’s Quay following the end of the season and has been quickly snapped by the Lakesiders.

Spittle’s early career started at Wigan Athletic, Blackburn Rovers and Rochdale before a switch to the Welsh Premier League.

He has had spells at Airbus, Llandudno and Aberystwyth prior to a move to the Nomads in January 2018 with 16 starts for the Deeside outfit.

88 Charley Smith (Amlwch Town to The New Saints)

Charley Smith is leaving the Welsh system to play for TNS. Picture provided by TNS Ladies FC

Subject to international clearance, Charley Smith has joined FA Women’s National League Division One Midlands club The New Saints from Amlwch of the North Wales Women’s League.

Aged 22, Charley has played for Bethel and Caernarfon Town, as well as Amlwch, in her senior career.

TNS manager Lawrence Wilson said: “She’s a centre back, she’ll add experience from the Welsh leagues to a young back four who play in the fourth tier of women’s football in England.

“We’re hoping that her leadership qualities not only give her a good voice on the pitch but also helps to bring on the younger girls playing around her.”

89 Tom Philp (Nantlle Vale to Mountain Rangers)

Young centre-back Tom Philp

A young, but “old school” centre half who is quick and loves to bring the ball out of defence.

Tom has also played for Bontnewydd where he gained experience in the Gwynedd League.

Rangers manager Alex Philp said: “I am really pleased that Tom has joined as we look to blend youth with experience.”

90 Ifan Gwilym (Pwllheli to Nefyn United)

Ifan is coming home to Cae’r Delyn after a five-year spell with neighbours Pwllheli.

The son of former Nefyn player and TV and radio personality Owain, Ifan is Penwaig born and bred and a classy midfielder who gets goals.

91 Joe Maguire (Llandyrnog United to Llansannan)

Back with Llansannan as player/assistant-manager after two years with Llandyrnog United.

Centre-midfielder Maguire began his career with Rhyl as a youngster, then spent 12 years at Llansannan before switching to Dyrny.

A man of Maguire’s experience will be welcomed by new ‘Sannan manager Tom Lewis in his first season at the helm.

92 Corey Smart (FC Queen’s Park to Flint Town United)

Corey Smart in action. Pic: Denbigh Town FC

Smart arrives at Cae-y-Castell having helped Queen’s Park to a second Welsh National League Premier Division title in three seasons in May.

An attacking, true box-to-box midfielder with a penchant for scoring special goals, Smart has also featured for Denbigh Town in his career.

93 Rhys Wynne (Nantlle Vale to Mountain Rangers)

Rhys Wynne

Mountain Rangers manager Alex Philp says: “Rhys is a player who I have watched closely over the past two seasons and who I coached at CTFC Academy.

“He is a passionate, hard-working midfielder who was top scorer for Nantlle Vale Reserves last season and will be a great addition to our squad. Rhys always gives his all, and also represents the Welsh athletics team at 800 meters.”

94 Alex Titchiner (to Flint Town United)

Great signing for Flint – a 28-year-old striker who is expected to return with zest having had a season out of the game.

Originally from Rhyl, Titchiner joined Crewe Alexandra as a youngster and turned professional with the Cheshire side.

He was unable to make the breakthrough with the Railwaymen and had loan spells at Chasetown and Colwyn Bay.

Alex’s fortunes turned around during a move to Witton Albion. In the Northern Premier League North he scored six goals from eight appearances and then the following season bagged 40 from 57.

This form earned Alex a return to the professional ranks with a move to newly-promoted Fleetwood Town where he made 10 appearances during 2012/13.

A loan spell at Halifax Town in the Conference North saw him net 11 times from 21 outings and following his release from Fleetwood a further stint at Witton occurred, where again the goals flowed.

Titchiner’s last two clubs have been Conwy Borough and Rhyl.

95 Casey Boylan (Bodedern Athletic to CPD Y Fali)

Casey Boylan. Pic: Bodedern Athletic FC

Y Fali are delighted to have the talented Boylan back in the ranks.

The goal-getting midfielder has played a major part in Bodedern’s rise up the pyramid in recent seasons and that experience will make him a player to be feared in the Anglesey League.

96 Lewis Hall (Mynydd Tigers to Arriva Bangor)

Lewis Hall

Arriva have been interested in this player for some time and have finally got their man.

Hall signs for the Anglesey League outfit from Mynydd Tigers.

97 John Smiley (Pentraeth Res to Bryngwran Bulls)

John Smiley. Pic: Wynne Evans

Smiley will provide the Bulls with a much-needed left-footed presence.

Bryngwran manager Richard Owen reports on the club’s Facebook page: “A physical player, great vocals, has a good left foot and he can play in a few positions.

“Last season we only had one lefty in our squad and it showed in a few games so adding another was vital and John fits the bill well.

“John has a eye for goal. Even playing as full back he managed a few goals.”

98 Leo Smith (Wrexham to Caernarfon Town)

After a successful loan period at The Oval last season, Caernarfon have now made the move for this gifted midfielder permanent.

The 21-year-old enjoyed an encouraging 2016/17 debut season at Wrexham, signing a professional contract and winning Young Player of the Year.

However, he only made seven appearances the following campaign and did not figure at all for the first team at all last term, spending time on loan at Llandudno and Caernarfon.

Canaries assistant-manager Sean Eardley said: “Leo is excellent technically and we feel he gives us another dimension. He’s a ball carrier, he’s a ball player, and when games are tight I feel that Leo is someone who can unlock that defence with a little bit of magic.”

99 Hari Jones (Llannerchymedd to Bryngwran Bulls)

Hari Jones is a welcome face back at Bryngwran. Pic: Bryngwran Bulls Facebook page

A former Players’ Player and Manager’s Player of the Season for the Bulls, Jones is back on board for the Gwynedd League newcomers.

Bryngwran manager Richard Owen said: “He will bring a wealth of higher league experience to an already good back line.

“Last season Hari played regularly for Llannerchymedd and is a welcome addition for the 2019 season.”

100 Dion Evans (Bodedern Athletic to CPD Y Fali)

Dion Evans (right) returns to Y Fali. Pic: CPD Y Fali Facebook page

Defender Jones returns to Valley after a spell with Bodedern Athletic towards the end of last season to help Ricky Williams’ side cope with a hectic run of fixtures.

A CPD Y Fali statement said: “Another brilliant signing for Valley as Dion comes back after his time with Boded. Throughout last season, Dion kept improving with every game.

“He’s strong and very vocal, a no-nonsense defender, and is relishing the chance to win trophies with Valley.”

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