North Wales football summer signings 2020 (Nos 61-75)

James Bell (right) have left Nantlle Vale to sign for Conwy Borough

Ilan ap Gareth (Rhyl to Holywell Town)

Ilan ap Gareth. Picture: Holywell Town FC

Midfielder with a vast amount of experience for a 21-year-old has joined Holywell Town’s quest for success in Cymru North.

Ilan has played in the Cymru Premier for Cefn Druids, as well as having spells with Chester FC, The New Saints, Wrexham, Buckley Town, Porthmadog and Rhyl.

He is described as a very intelligent and composed player with great technique.

Nathan Craig (Caernarfon Town to Flint Town United)

Nathan Craig joins Flint. Picture: Flint Town United FC

Craig, 28, is a former Everton and Wales Under-21 midfielder who also played professionally for Torquay United.

He was Caernarfon Town’s top-scorer in the Welsh Premier two seasons ago with 14 goals and twice won the Cymru Alliance title with the Canaries.

In all, the Caernarfon-based full-back/wing-back made 201 appearances for his hometown club, scoring 83 goals.

He announced on Monday he was leaving Caernarfon to seek a new challenge – he will get that at Cymru Premier newcomers Flint.

Leon Doran (Llanrwst United to Holyhead Hotspur)

Hotspur manager Darren Garmey has bolstered his midfield with the capture of Llanrwst’s players’ player of the 2019-20 season Leon Doran.

Doran is a 22 year old who can play wide or central.

He was part of the Connah’s Quay Nomads scholarship before joining Porthmadog and then Llanrwst.

Garmey said: “Leon was one of the players that impressed us the most last season. He has a great engine, is physically strong and can play a number of positions. He caused us plenty of problems last year with his running and directness in the final third and we are delighted he will be doing that in a Hotspur shirt this season.”

Ben Nash (Rhyl to Flint Town United)

Flint new signing Ben Nash. Pic: Flint Town United FC

Nash is a well-regarded central defender who came through the ranks at Connah’s Quay Nomads, and made his first team debut for them in December 2014 against The New Saints at Park Hall.

He has also represented Wales at U18 level and was part of the Gap Coleg Cambria side who won the U19 National Colleges Final in May 2015.

Nash eventually left Nomads in late 2016, joining Denbigh Town, before moving on to Rhyl for the start of the 2018/19 season.

At the end of that season, his performances for the Lilywhites saw him receive the Players’, Managers and Directors’ awards for Player of the Season.

Still only 21, he has a very promising future ahead of him.

Dion Evans (Bangor University to Glantraeth)

Evans will certainly add more quality and depth to the squad.

A hard and solid centre-half, he is both calm and composed on the ball.

Dion has played mainly at CPD Y Fali in recent seasons, as well as having a short spell at Bodedern Athletic. Most recently has represented the Bangor University football side.

Gethin Davies (Gwalchmai to Llannerchymedd)

Left Llannerchymedd last season to join previous club Gwalchmai.

Now returned to Tan Parc, where he excelled in 2018-19 playing in front of the back-four.

A sweet left foot, Gethin can operate anywhere in midfield as well as at full back.

Ben Burrows (Rhyl to Flint Town United)

Ben Burrows. Pic: Flint Town United FC

Young defender Burrows started his adult career with Wrexham U18’s before joining Cefn Druids.

He also had a spell with Gresford on loan from Druids before going on to join the Lilywhites at the start of last season.

Ben tends to play at left back, although he can slot in at the centre of defence, or in a defensive midfield position.

Andy Swindells (to Llannerchymedd)

Andy Swindells (right) in past action for Bro Goronwy

Returns from a season’s sabbatical to join the Llannerchymedd revolution.

Skillful centre-midfielder who has spent many seasons at Bro Goronwy and also had a spell at Llangefni Town in 2016-17, which was cut short by an early injury.

Callum Hughes (Gaerwen to Glantraeth)

Another fine addition for Glantraeth, who discovered this week their application to play at Tier 3 level next season had been successful.

The Anglesey club operated at Tier 5 standard last term.

Defender Callum Hughes should prove a fine asset to the squad and is well known to Glan manager Sean Brett, having won the Gwynedd League with him at Menai Bridge and playing at Gaerwen last season.

Callum will definitely add quality and calmness to the Traeth defence.

Gethin Hughes (Bro Goronwy to Llannerchymedd)

Local lad that left Llan for a stint at Bro Goronwy last season, is another on his way back to the Medd for 2020/21.

Versatile Geth, six foot something and strong as an Ox, played in defence for Bro, but is equally happy as an attacking midfielder and also has a good eye for a quick goal.

Sion Parry (Bangor 1876 to Nantlle Vale)

Sion Parry. Picture: CPD Nantlle Vale

One of the signings of the summer so far.

Parry has scored 291 career goals in considerably less games over spells at Llanystumdwy, Porthmadog and Bangor 1876.

Four-time Gwynedd League golden boot winner outright and once joint.

Has played at Gwynedd League, Cymru North and Welsh Alliance Reserves Division level – this will be his first go at what was formerly Division One of the Welsh Alliance.

Callum Mcminimee (Llangefni Town to Llannerchymedd)

Mcminimee is an attacking midfielder or best suited out wide.

He has been a big part of Llangefni Town’s recent success as well as having stints at Bodedern, Amlwch and Llannerchymedd over the years.

This player will be a firm favourite at Tan Parc with his pacy, attacking style.

Terry Jones (Llanrug United to Llangefni Town)

Terry Jones. Picture: Llangefni Town FC

Previously with Llanrug United, Jones is a solid no-nonsense defender and a great addition to the Cefni squad as it prepares for a tough season in Cymru North.

One of a number of Llanrug players to move to Lon Talwrn, so he should settle in quickly.

He joined Llanrug from Bethel during the summer of 2011 and returned to Eithin Duon in June 2018 following a spell at Bontnewydd.

James Bell (Nantlle Vale to Conwy Borough)

James Bell. Picture: Nantlle Vale FC

As revealed first by Grassroots North Wales, Bell has landed at Y Morfa.

Bell was part of Caernarfon Town’s 2012-13 treble-winning squad who landed the Welsh Alliance title, FAW Trophy and Cookson Cup, as well as the 2015-16 group which scooped the Huws Gray Alliance league and cup double.

He also had spells at Rhyl and Glantraeth before joining Nantlle Vale. Bell has signed for Conwy in the past but the move did not work out as he picked up an injury before kicking a ball.

Now he gets another chance at Boro in the Cymru North under new manager Matty Jones.

James Davies (Cefn Druids to Newtown)

Davies, a 26 year old forward, arrives at Latham Park from Cymru Premier rivals Cefn Druids.

The front man rose to prominence at Llanfair United with a goal-packed spell from 2012 before stepping up to Druids in 2017.

At Newtown, he forms a potentially potent new-look attacking line-up with Jamie Breese joining from Caernarfon Town recently.

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