Summer transfers in North Wales football (181-200)

The experienced Aaron Edwards has joined Rhostyllen for the 2019-20 season

181 Aled Steele (Bontnewydd to Mountain Rangers)

Aled Steele

Returning to Cae Gors is forward Steele, a much-decorated and experienced goal-getter.

Aled began his senior career with Caernarfon Borough, where he also combined playing for Sunday League champions Caernarfon Town Supporters Club.

After securing the league and cup double under Alex Philp at Caeathro F C, he followed Philp to Mountain Rangers, where he won the 2008/09 Caernarfon and District League title and was voted Rangers young player of the year.

Steele returned to Borough in 2010/11 and added the C&D League Cup and Moorings Cup to his collection.

Bontnewydd was Aled’s next stop where as top scorer he helped the Cae Stanley club to finish Gwynedd League runners-up and was also named league player of the year.

Upon leaving Bontnewydd, he joined Llanfairpwll in the Anglesey League where he won the NWCFA Junior Cup and Dargie Cup in 2017/18.

Last season Aled had spells with Llanrug Reserves and Bontnewydd before returning to Rangers this summer.

182 Bryn Roberts (to Holyhead Town)

Bryn Roberts

Wide midfielder Roberts, who won the Welsh Alliance title with Trearddur Bay United in 2015-16, is a top class signing by the Harbourmen.

Roberts has also represented Holyhead Hotspur in the Cymru Alliance, as well as Glantraeth, so his high level experience can only benefit Town in the season ahead.

183 Darren Marc Jones (to Menai Bridge Tigers)

Rugby star Darren Marc Jones will also get the chance to display his football skills with Menai Bridge Tigers

Bethesda Rugby Club’s outstanding scrum-half has also registered to play football this season for the Tigers.

Jones has impressed during pre-season and his winning attitude to training and games is a great quality to add to this current Menai squad.

He has played for Llanfairpwll in the Welsh Alliance and was part of the first Menai Bridge Tigers squad that began in Sunday league before joining the Saturday football Anglesey League.

184 Mark Connolly (to Holywell Town)

Mark Connolly (right) with Holywell manager Johnny Haseldin

After finishing last season in the Welsh Premier with relegated Llandudno, Connolly announced his retirement, but the 35-year-old has had a rethink and decided to sign up for Johnny Haseldin’s Holywell for 2019-20.

It’s a big signing for the Wellmen, with Connolly having netted 100 Welsh Premier goals in a career which included long stints at Bala Town and Rhyl, as well as shorter ones at Bangor City and Llandudno, plus a spell with Chester FC.

185 Tom Hadley (Holyhead Town to Bryngwran Bulls)

Tom Hadley will get you goals. Pic: Wynne Evans

Hadley first burst on the scene in 2016/17 when his 31 goals helped Holyhead Town stroll to the Anglesey League title.

Work and family commitments limited his availability last season, but he’s ready now to fulfill his promise with Gwynedd League newcomers the Bulls.

186 Dylan Summers-Jones (to Bangor 1876)

New Bangor 1876 players Dylan Summers-Jones and Cameron Barry (see No 195)

Gaerwen-based Summers-Jones, 17, is a forward with a goalscoring pedigree at Academy and Development level.

He produced a good, lively performance up front for 1876 in their debut game against FC United of Manchester, going close to scoring in the second half.

187 Alex Darlington (Mosta FC to Airbus)

Alex Darlington (right) in his TNS days. Picture: Andrew Lincoln

Experienced Welsh Premier frontman Darlington suffered two broken legs within 12 months while a first-year professional at Wrexham and, despite battling his way back to fitness, was released at the end of season 2007/8.

He signed contract terms for The New Saints in June 2008 and was capped by the Wales Under-23 semi-professional side on several occasions.

During a 10 year spell with the Saints, he made 151 full WPL appearances and 91 from the bench, scoring 96 goals. He also made 19 European appearances, scoring three times.

Darlington moved to Bangor City in January 2018 and had scored 14 goals last season before joining Maltese outfit Mosta FC in January.

188 Dave Webb (Caergybi to Bryngwran Bulls)

Dave Webb is seen as a major capture for Bryngwran Bulls

Netted 14 goals for Caergybi in the Anglesey League last season.

A much-sought-after player – great attitude, fantastic feet and very direct with blistering pace.

Can play anywhere – in midfield and even up top. Webb becomes Bryngwran’s 16th signing and a big one to bolster their growing squad.

189 Ramirez Howarth (to Cefn Druids)

Ramirez Howarth. Pic courtesy of Cefn Druids FC

After pre-season trials Ramirez becomes a Druids player for 2019-20.

Emerging through the academy system at Blackburn Rovers, the midfielder has been playing in the English pyramid since leaving Ewood Park with time spent at Skelmersdale and Ashton United.

190 Owen Jones (TNS to Brickfield Rangers)

Owen Jones

Owen has a wealth of experience for such a young age and featured in the TNS squad for a prestigious FAW Youth Cup Final against Swansea City.

191 Tom Reilly (Bangor City to Cefn Druids)

Tom Reilly. Picture courtesy of Cefn Druids FC

Left-sided player previously with Accrington Stanley and Swedish club Eskilstuna City before joining Bangor.

Signed up by the Ancients this summer following a successful trial.

192 George Baxter (to Brickfield Rangers)

George Baxter

Futsal Great Britain Association international and former Connah’s Quay Nomads striker Baxter adds quality to Brickfield’s squad for the 2019/20 season.

193 Luke Steele (to Bangor 1876)

Luke Steele (right) with fellow new signing Cian Williams

Midfielder Steele is a Pen Llyn-based talent who has attracted the attention of the academies of several EFL clubs.

194 Aaron Williams (to Mountain Rangers)

Aaron Williams

“Bongo” is a fantastic character to have in the changing room and his flexibility means he can slot into a variety of positions.

Aaron started his career at Rangers, playing in their Sunday league side before progressing to the first team the following season.

An ever-present in the Rangers side that won the Caernarfon & District title in 2008/09, he remained at Cae Gors the following season before joining Talysarn Celts for four seasons, where he won silverware.

This was followed by four years at Waunfawr, where he landed Caernarfon & District title in 2011/12 and runners-up the following season in the Gwynedd League.

Aaron then reached the 2013/14 Meditel Cup Final, losing to Holyhead Hotspurs Reserves, the 2014/15 final of the NWCFA Intermediate Cup, losing to Prestatyn Sports and the 2015/16 Bob Owen Memorial Shield final, losing to Menai Bridge Tigers.

Work commitments then saw Aaron retire from the game.

195 Cameron Barry (to Bangor 1876)

Bangor-born Cameron, 16, is the youngest recruit of the current 1876 squad and is a talented central midfielder.

He enjoyed a promising debut in his new team’s first-ever game at FC United of Manchester.

196 Chris Griffiths (to Arriva Bangor)

Chris Griffiths

Chris has been a goalkeeper at Mynydd Llandegai, Beaumaris Town and Llanberis Reserves, so will add plenty of experience to the Busmen.

The Arriva management are delighted to have him on board, praising his “class attitude and work-rate”.

197 Harry Jones (Menai Bridge Tigers to Arriva Bangor)

Harry Jones has joined Arriva Bangor

Jones played a big part in the success of Gwynedd League champions and cup double-winners Menai Bridge Tigers last season.

Quality and solid defender who can play anywhere across the back, he previously had a brief spell for Arriva in Sunday league, but has been playing at a higher level for several years.

198 Aaron Edwards (to Rhostyllen)

Aaron Edwards brings tons of experience to Rhostyllen

Great signing for new Rhostyllen manager Warren Duckett.

Edwards brings bags of experience from plying his trade in the Cymru Alliance and is already looking sharp in training for his new club.

Aaron started last season at Gresford in the Cymru Alliance. In January, after a few seasons there, he left he left to re-sign for Guilsfield, whom he had played for prior.

He’s a strong, talented and explosive attacker who scored on his Rhostyllen debut last Friday against Corwen.

Previous clubs include: Rhos Aelwyd, Penycae, Llangefni Town, Druids, Brymbo, Llangollen, Lex, Flint Town United, Guilsfield and Gresford.

199 Gethin Thomas (Bangor City to Porthmadog)

Gethin Thomas in action for Bangor City

Llanrug lad Gethin arrives at Y Traeth from Bangor, where he has figured since a young age at the City’s Academy.

Although only 19 years old, he has already made a number of first team appearances for the Nantporth club.

Gethin plays mainly in midfield but is also able to fit into a number of other positions.

Port manager Sion Eifion said: “Geth has been with us throughout pre-season and has impressed us with his work ethic and his ability.

“He’s also gained some valuable experience at this level last season with Bangor. At only 19 years of age, we look forward to watching him grow and develop further with us at Port.”

200 Alistair Gibson (Acton to Rhostyllen)

Rhostyllen will benefit from the striking talents of Alistair Gibson

Pacy front man who can only prove an asset to Warren Duckett’s squad for the season ahead.

Alistair has joined the club this summer from Acton, having previously spent seven years at Gresford.

He then had a season at Llay Welfare before signing for Acton last year. He is an extremely talented attacker who has looked very fit and sharp in training for his new club.

Gibson also opened his scoring account for Rhostyllen with a superb goal against Corwen in a pre-season warm-up last Friday night.


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