North Wales football transfers 2020 (71-92)

Aaron Hughes (centre) with team-mate Irfon Hughes (left) and manager Alex Philp

71 Aaron Hughes (Nantlle Vale to Mountain Rangers)

In typical style, Rangers’ newest signing marked his club debut with a hat-trick!
The prolific striker, known affectionately as “Gibbo”, has stepped down from the Welsh Alliance to help Mountain Rangers’ quest for honours in the Anglesey League.
Aaron Hughes has played for numerous clubs in his career, which began aged 16 in 2002/03 with Talysarn Celts.
Spells with Trefor, Llanllyfni, Nantlle Vale, Caernarfon Wanderers, Llanrug United and Pwllheli – including stints with some of those clubs twice – led to lots of goals and trophies.
July 2019 saw a return to Nantlle where he became a part of Danny Bell’s new-look side, however in January 2020 he agreed to join former Vale team-mates Simon Kay, Declyn Williams and Irfon Hughes at Mountain Rangers.

72 James Ryan (Caergybi to Glantraeth)

James Ryan (furthest right) is one of a number of new signings at Glantraeth. Also pictured (left to right): Cai Evans, James Hardwick, Paris Hargrave and Sion Childes

Prolific striker who netted 72 goals for Caergybi last season and 54 in Bryngwran Bulls colours the campaign before.
Glantraeth manager Sean Brett said: “He will bring a physical presence and plenty of goals to our attack.”

73 Mel McGinness (Porthmadog to Llangefni Town)

Mel McGinness (left) in action for Ynys Môn. Pic: Dai Sinclair

Much-celebrated Ynys Môn striker who returns to a Llangefni side he last represented in 2008-09.
Has spent most of his career at Holyhead Hotspur, scoring 50 goals in their 2011-12 treble-winning Welsh Alliance side.
The Huws Gray Alliance 2018-19 Player of the Season, he scored the winning goal in June 2019 to clinch victory in the Inter Island-Games Final for Ynys Môn against Guernsey.
During his career, Mel has also played for Bangor City, Gaerwen and Porthmadog, where he began the current season.

74 Sion Childes (Gaerwen to Glantraeth)

Technically a very gifted player who has played under Glantraeth boss Sean Brett since junior football. Childes has represented Menai Bridge and Gaerwen. Can play left-back, wide-left or centre-midfield.

75 Ioan Thomas (Bodorgan to Trearddur Bay Bulls)

Tall, pacy and skillful player who can operate in a number of positions, he was part of Bryngwran Bulls’ Anglesey League title-winning squad last season, scoring five goals.

76 Rhys Alun Williams (Porthmadog to Nantlle Vale)

Renowned goalscorer returns to Maes Dulyn, where he was top marksman for two seasons before signing for Porthmadog last summer.
Williams was on fire in pre-season for Port, but despite a fantastic double in the Welsh Cup at Penybont, a tie which was unfortunately abandoned in extra time at 2-2, things did not quite work out as planned for the 22-year-old, whose return to Nantlle Vale will prove a huge boost for the Welsh Alliance club.

77 Jack Edwards (Penycae to Mold Alex)

Edwards is seen by Mold as a fantastic addition to the squad whose versatility, work rate and desire will be a great boost in the coming weeks as Alex chase the honours in the Welsh National League Premier Division.

78 Cai Evans (Llanfairpwll to Glantraeth)

Talented youngster from Llanfairpwll who has also played for Gaerwen in the past. Can operate as a holding midfielder or at centre-back.

79 Jamie McDaid (Llandudno to Porthmadog)

Jamie McDaid in past action for Porthmadog

The well-travelled McDaid returns to one of his former clubs.
A Welsh Under-18 schoolboy international comfortable on either wing, he spent time at Porthmadog, Caernarfon Town and Holyhead Hotspur before signing for Bangor City in January 2013.
He made 31 Welsh Premier appearances for City, 26 of them as a substitute and scored two goals, before returning to Caernarfon in August 2014.
McDaid later had spells at Holywell Town, as well as Aberystwyth Town in the Welsh Premier, then signed for Llandudno last summer.
Represented Bangor in the Europa League, featuring in both legs of 2014/15 tie against Stjarnan of Iceland.

80 Max Cottrell (Mons Calpe to Brymbo)

Defensive midfielder signs for Welsh National League Premier Division high flyers Brymbo from Gibraltar pro side Mons Calpe.
Cottrell is a Gibraltar Under-21 international.

81 Shaun Cavanagh (Caernarfon Town to Porthmadog)

Aged 22. Returned to Port last month from Caernarfon Town after leaving the Traeth in the summer of 2019. Leading scorer at Port in 2018/19, helping the club to finish third in the HGA.
Can play up front or in midfield, has a keen eye for goal and plenty of pace to play in wide positions. Former clubs also include Llandudno and Bangor City.

82 Benn Lundstram (Bangor 1876 to Llanrwst United)

Young striker Lundstram will always have an important place in the history of 1876 by virtue of scoring their first ever goal in the match away to FC United of Manchester on 20 July 2019.
He netted seven goals in all competition for the Gwynedd League club before deciding to switch his talents to Welsh Alliance club Llanrwst.
The Rwsters are one of only two teams to beat 1876 this season, recording a 4-1 victory over the fan-owned club in the FAW Trophy in November, with Lundstram scoring the only goal for the losing side.

83 Estaban Goicoechea (Mons Calpe to Bangor City)

Another Argentinian lands at Nantporth.
Experienced defender Estaban Goicoechea, 33, a product of the Club Atlético Unión youth system, is tipped be a great addition to the already strengthened City back-line. He arrives from Gibralar club Mons Calpe.

84 Wealth Da Silva (to Bangor City)

Nigerian attacking-midfielder, aged 19, who started his career with Bury before being released at the end of the 2017-18 season.
Joined Sheffield United on trial in October 2018, playing for their Under-23s against Crewe Alexandra, then signed for Northern Premier League Premier Division Nantwich Town in March 2019.

85 Leigh Craven (Conwy Borough to Llandudno)

Leigh Craven (left) with manager Matty Jones

Versatile midfielder returns to Maesdu Park.
Craven left Llandudno back in 2015 to join Conwy Borough. He was part of the Caernarfon Town squad to win the Cymru Alliance League and Cup double in 2015/16, before returning to Boro a year later where he was a treble-winner with Gareth Thomas’ side which landed the Welsh Alliance title, Cookson Cup and FAW Trophy.

86 Marl (Pip) Briggs (Valley to Glantraeth)

Experienced central defender who has done the rounds in Anglesey football now steps up to Gwynedd League to join a new-look Glantraeth.

87 Keighan Jones (Rhyl to Corwen)

Keighan Jones (left) with Corwen manager Sion Tudor

Goalkeeper Jones has joined Corwen from fellow Cymru North club Rhyl.
The 22-year-old Jones’ previous clubs include Chester, Airbus, Bala Town, Caernarfon Town, Llandudno Junction, Conwy Borough and Colwyn Bay.
Corwen manager Sion Tudor said: “I’m delighted to sign Keighan. He’s a great addition and will bring quality and experience to the club.”

88 Sam Henry (Blacon Youth to Corwen)

Last season’s top-scorer for Corwen has re-signed for the club after completing the transfer from Blacon Youth.
Henry, 28, has previously played for Bangor City, representing the all-blues in the Europa League, as well as Brickfield Rangers and Widnes FC.

89 Paul Williams (Gresford Athletic to Rhyl)

Experienced midfielder has joined Rhyl from Gresford Athletic. Williams has spent most of his career at Holywell Town playing for the Wellmen from 2010 to 2019 apart from a short spell at Greenfield.
Williams was a former Under 15’s and 17’s Welsh International and was on the books of Wrexham prior to spells at Warrington Town and Flint Town United.

90 Ilan ap Gareth (Porthmadog to Rhyl)

Ilan ap Gareth is now with Rhyl

Rhyl have moved to strengthen their squad with the capture of Ilan ap Gareth from Porthmadog.
The midfielder joined Port in the summer of 2019 following a period on loan at the Traeth from Cefn Druids. Ilan has also had spells at Chester FC, Wrexham and TNS.

91 Ryan Williams (Gresford to Corwen)

Centre-back Williams, who can also play left-back, signed for Gresford Athletic in the summer of 2019 from Wrexham, spending five months at the club.
During his time at the club, the 19-year-old made nine appearances in all competitions in the 2019/20 season.
He has now joined fellow JD Cymru North club Corwen.

92 Joe Sullivan (Vauxhall Motors to Gresford)

Gresford have completed the signing of Joe Sullivan from Vauxhall Motors.
He becomes Athletic’s sixth signing of the 2019/20 January transfer window.
The 21-year-old has previously played for Connah’s Quay Nomads, Brickfield Rangers, Rhyl and most recently Vauxhalls.

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