Super signings: 10 of the best in North Wales football this season

Mark Connolly (stripes) has been outstanding for Holywell. Pic: Lee Douglas

Time to take a look back over the first seven months of the 2019-20 North Wales football season and pick out some of the best signings.

Mark Connolly (to Holywell Town)

Mark Connolly on the ball against Brymbo. Pic: Lee Douglas

After a glittering Welsh Premier League career which delivered 100 goals Mark Connolly announced he was retiring last summer.
Three weeks later, Conno was revealed as a marquee signing by Holywell Town manager Johnny Haseldin as part of his plans to rebuild the Wellmen in the third tier Welsh National League Premier Division.
The marriage has worked out rather well with the former Bala Town and Rhyl star having netted 21 goals so far as Holywell have established themselves as firm favourites for the league title.

Steven Whittaker (Bodedern Athletic to Cemaes Bay)

Steve Whittaker has been lethal for Cemaes Bay. Pic: Edryd Jones

Since rejoining Cemaes Bay last summer, Whittaker has amassed 39 goals, making him the leading scorer among Anglesey clubs.
He is just three away from equalling the 42 he netted for Cemaes back in 2014/15 to secure the Bob Brodie Trophy.
In all truth Whittaker is much better than Anglesey League standard, he is a proven goal-getter at two levels higher, but Cemaes want to rise the pyramid again and their star striker wants to be part of that.

Dean Redmond (Menai Bridge Tigers to Bodedern Athletic)

Lethal front man Dean Redmond (green)

While Boded lost Whittaker from last season, they have gained an outstanding net-finder in Redmond.
Scorer of 39 goals in last season’s Menai Bridge Gwynedd League title-winning side, Redmond has notched an excellent 18 in Welsh Alliance Division One this season.
He is producing some great form at a level he deserves to be playing at.

Callum Roberts (Newtown to Connah’s Quay Nomads)

Callum Roberts with Nomads manager Andy Morrison. Pic: Nik Mesney

No coincidence that Welsh Premier leaders Nomads are doing so well this season with the likes of Roberts in the ranks.
Surely the best attacking left-back in the Cymru Premier this season, Roberts plied his trade at Newtown during 2018/19 having previously played at TNS and Shrewsbury Town.
He is also a Wales C cap – absolute quality.

Les Davies (to Bangor 1876)

Les Davies has been a great talisman for 1876

With 1876 having formed only this season, every player was a new signing.
Perhaps the standout capture, though, and the central figure in establishing a winning side, has been Welsh Premier legend Davies.
The fact Les has scored 23 goals yet is only third top-scorer is a clear indication of how the season has gone for the runaway Gwynedd League leaders.
A fans’ hero from day one, due largely to his past heroics for the club most of the 1876 faithful also once followed – Bangor City – Les is writing another remarkable chapter in his amazing career.

Tom Douglas (to Rhostyllen)

Goalscoring sensation Tom Douglas

In his first season at Welsh National Premier Division level, Douglas has been a true sensation, notching 30 league goals and 34 in all for Rhostyllen.
He is far and away his division’s top scorer and without a doubt one of the most impressive new arrivals the league has ever seen.
Tom previously played for Castrol in the Chester Sunday League and surely ranks as one of the players of the season across North Wales so far.

Barry Torrence (to FC Queen’s Park)

One of the best – Barry Torrence

Prolific marksman Torrence has picked up where he left off on his return to FC Queen’s Park this season, having established himself as leading scorer.
After a successful period playing for Rhyl FC in the Huws Gray Alliance, Torrence is once again the star man at the club where he first made his name and won the Welsh National League Premier Division title in 2016-17.
“Boomer” is quite simply one of the best around at what he does.

Mathew Beech (Llandudno Amateurs to Rhuddlan Town)

Mathew Beach. Pic: Steve Bowden

Rhuddlan’s surge towards the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Premier Division title has been largely boosted by the return to the club of the dynamic Beech.
Scorer and creator of goals, this top talent never stops working for the cause and manager Wayne Hughes must be delighted to have him back.

Justin Williams (Caergybi to Trearddur Bay Bulls)

Justin Williams. Picture: Wynne Evans

Tremendous signing for the Bulls in their debut season in the Gwynedd League.
Scorer of 36 goals for Valley in 2017/18, Williams also managed 13 for Caergybi last season despite being injured for a long spell.
This term he has banged in 25 goals for the Bulls, an outstanding return.

Louis Robles (San Roque de Lepe to Bala Town)

Louis Robles. Picture: Bala Town FC website

A magnificent addition to the Cymru Premier this season with his dynamic front play.
Robles, who joined in the summer from Spanish side San Roque de Lepe, has been a key figure in arguably Colin Caton’s best Bala squad yet.
He started out at Liverpool aged nine, spending eight years there before a move to Wigan Athletic when he was 16.
Two loan spells followed at Macclesfield and then Gloucester City prior to a move to the US to represent Limestone Saints in college football where he was named Freshman of the Year.
Louis had a short spell at Bangor City and then moved to Spain to play for Atletico Baleares and then San Roque de Lepe. After a season overseas, Robles switched to League 2 outfit Grimsby Town before a return to San Roque de Lepe.
This season he has netted 16 goals for Bala.

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