North Wales football summer signings 2020 (Nos 91-105)

Iwan Rogers has signed for Rhydymwyn. Picture supplied by Rhydymwyn FC

Iwan Rogers (Holywell Town to Rhydymwyn)

Rhydymwyn FC have announced the signing of midfielder Iwan Rogers for the 2020/21 season.

A well-regarded player throughout Flintshire, Iwan joins Anthony Weaver and Jordan Parry’s squad following spells at Connah’s Quay Nomads, Flint Town United, Mold Alexandra and, most recently, Holywell Town.

With experience at both Tier 2 and Tier 3 levels, Rogers arrives at the Mornflake Mighty Oats Ground as the club gears up for the forthcoming campaign after gaining FAW Tier 3 Certification.

Iwan started his career playing in the Flintshire Youth League with Shotton Steel, and played for Connah’s Quay Nomads’ U19s during which time he was capped for Wales Colleges.

He broke into senior football at Flint Town United before moving to Mold, and went on to help Holywell regain promotion to the JD Cymru North in 2019/20.

Harri Hughes (to Nantlle Vale)

Harri yn gyn chwaraewr i Met Gaerdydd, Bangor ac wedi dod trwy system ieuenctid Wrexham. ⚽️

Mae hefyd wedi ymddangos i Gymru yn cynrychioli’r wlad ar lefel dan 16, Ysgolion Cymru dan 18 a cholegau Cymru dan 18.

Mae’n asgellwr cyflym, cryf gyda chwip o droed chwith.

Harri is a former player with Cardiff Met, Bangor and has come through the Wrexham AFC youth system.

He has represented Wales at under-16 level, also Welsh Schools U-18 and Welsh Colleges U-18.

He’s a fast winger, strong with a deadly left foot.

Shaun Cavanagh (to Prestatyn Town)

Great signing for the Cymru North champions.

Shaun will have happy vibes when he lands at Bastion Gardens. Last season he scored twice there for Porthmadog and he also made his senior football debut at Prestatyn’s ground.

He began his senior career at Bangor City in 2014-15, first appearing as a late substitute in a 1-0 Word Cup defeat at Prestatyn on September 23, 2014, at the age of 16.

He appeared in 34 first-team games for Bangor, 26 of them as a substitute, and scored four goals.

His best spell came in 2015-16, when he made eight starts for the firsts having impressed in the WPL Development League.

Cavanagh joined Llandudno in 2017-18, but by January 2018 he had moved on to Cymru Alliance high-flyers Caernarfon Town, becoming Sean Eardley’s second signing at The Oval.

First-team chances were limited for the Canaries and in 2018-19 he signed for Porthmadog, where he finished top-scorer with 12 goals in 22 starts as the Traeth men finished third in the Cymru Alliance.

Cavanagh rejoined Welsh Premier club Caernarfon last season, but was back at Porthmadog in January 2020 where he again made a big impact, scoring six times in four matches, including a cracking double in a 2-2 draw at Prestatyn.

The 22-year-old can play up front or in midfield, has a keen eye for goal and plenty of pace to play in wide positions.

Jake Phillips (Airbus UK to Newtown)

Phillips becomes Newtown’s sixth signing of the summer.

The 23 year old defender arrives at Latham Park from relegated Airbus UK Broughton and becomes the third former Wingmaker to join the Robins in as many weeks following the arrival of George Hughes and Jordan Evans.

Phillips has Welsh Premier experience at Cefn Druids and Connah’s Quay Nomads as well as brief loan spell at Bangor City.

Stuart Jones (Bala Town to Airbus UK)

Airbus UK Broughton have shown they mean business in their quest for a quick return to the Welsh Premier by signing top-class defender Stuart Jones following his departure from Bala Town.

The 33-year-old joins the Wingmakers after spending the last eight seasons at Maes Tegid, making 259 appearances in all competitions, winning the Welsh Cup and participating in numerous Europa League matches.

Jones was on loan at Flint Town United last season, helping them to promotion to the Cymru Premier, so he will be used to enjoying success in the tier two Cymru North.

Dave Forbes (to Holywell Town)

Forbes, 32, is a vastly experienced striker who can score spectacular goals.

He has represented Rhyl, Connah’s Quay Nomads and Cefn Druids in the Welsh Premier, while in the English pyramid he has stood out for Heswall, City of Liverpool FC, Nantwich Town and Runcorn Town, where he played last season.

A PE teacher at Blacon High School, he now returns to the Welsh game with Holywell, who are Cymru North bound after winning the Welsh National League Premier Division title in 2019-20.

Leo Smith (Caernarfon Town to TNS)

The New Saints have strengthened their squad by capturing Leo Smith from fellow Welsh Premier club Caernarfon Town.

Porthmadog-born Smith, 22, an attacking midfielder, began his professional career at Wrexham AFC.

Making his debut as an 18-year-old, Smith came off the bench in Dean Keates’ first National League game as manager, as the Dragons beat Bromley 2-1.

A loan period with Llandudno FC, was followed by a similar move to Caernarfon Town, with the latter eventually becoming a permanent deal in the summer of 2019.

His season with the Cofis saw him earn a call-up to the Wales C squad for the international against England C. The game was scheduled to be played at The Oval, in March of this year, but like the rest of Welsh football from that time onward, was cancelled due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

Seb Owen (Blaenau Amateurs to Llanrwst United)

Versatile defender Seb Owen has agreed to join Llanrwst United for next season.

Seb played for Machno United for many years and last season chanced his arm at Blaenau Amateurs.

Dafydd Gwyn Jones (Pwllheli to Nefyn United)

The highly talented Dafydd Gwyn Jones has joined Nefyn United from Pwllheli.

After a successful year at Welsh Alliance 1 level last year, scoring a hatful of goals, Jones is ready to bolster Nefyn’s already exciting squad.

The Penwaig finished second in the Gwynedd League last term.

Meddai rheolwyr Steve Jones, Carl Jones ac Alan Jones: “Mae’n bleser croesawu Dafydd i’r garfan.

“Mae ei safon fel chwaraewr yn arwydd clir o’r calibr o chwaraewr rydym eisiau ei ychwanegu i’n carfan cryf. Rydym yn edrych ymlaen i gyd weithio hefo fo.”

Callum Roberts (Rhyl to Prestatyn Town)

Former Rhyl FC midfielder Callum Roberts is Prestatyn Town’s second signing of the summer.

Roberts progressed via the Academy set up at Belle Vue, advancing from the under-8’s through to the first team.

He made his first team debut at the age of 16 as a second-half substitute in the Nathaniel MG Cup against Llandudno in October 2018 and made a further five appearances for Rhyl during the season.

During the 2019/20 campaign he made his full debut against Llangefni Town and in total made four starts and six substitute appearances before the Lilywhites withdrew from the Cymru North upon disbansion.

Roberts has also represented Wales Under 18’s Academy, making appearances in a double-header against the Republic of Ireland at Cefn Druids and Bala Town.

Twm Ellis (to Nefyn United)

Twm (left) and Tristan

Dau chwaraewr ifanc cyffrous wedi cytuno i ymuno hefo’r Penwaig ar gyfer tymor nesaf.

Meddai Twm Ellis, amddiffynwr troed chwith talentog: “Dwi’n hapus ofnadwy i cael chwara i Nefyn tymor nesa,ac yn edrych ymlaen i chwarae gyda’r garfan cryf sydd yma.”

Twm is one of two new signings announced by Nefyn United on Saturday.
He is a talented young defender with a cultured left foot.

Tristan Harrison (to Nefyn United)

Tristan yw gôl geidwad medrus ac addawol.

Meddai fo: “Dwi’n edrych ymlaen am yr her o gystadlu am safle yn y tîm cynta ar ôl chwara i dîm ieuenctid Nefyn Pen-Llýn. Y garfan yn siapio yn ardderchog.”

Promising goalkeeper Tristan Harrison is also looking forward to fighting for a regular first-team place within the flourishing Nefyn squad.

Jamie Whitmore and Gethin Jeffreys (to Mynydd Llandegai)

Jamie (left) and Gethin

Ar ôl blwyddyn allan, mae Jamie Whitmore yn ail-ymuno gyda’r clwb.

Mae Jamie yn ymosodwr sydd wedi profi ei hun i fod yn sgoriwr ar sawl lefel dros y blynyddoedd.

Er ei fod wedi cael problemau efo anafiadau yn y gorffennol, ar ôl blwyddyn allan a gweithio allan yn gyson mae Jamie yn y siap gorau phosib a does dim amau ei record o flaen gôl.

After a year out, Jamie has rejoined the club.

He is a proven goalscorer at many levels over the years with teams such as Bethel, Bethesda Athletic, Llanrug United and Caernarfon Town, as well as Llandegai.

Injuries have affected Jamie for some time, but he is in the best shape possible for his return and aims to maintain his superb goal-getting record.

Mae Gethin Jeffreys hefyd yn ail-ymuno ar ôl blwyddyn o drafeilio.

Geth yn amddiffynwr cryf a chyflym sydd yn dod a llawer o brofiad i’r garfan ac wedi profi i fod yn rhan bwysig o’r tîm dros y blynyddoed.

Gethin yn cyn is-gapten ac yn chwaraewr sy’n arwain ar ac oddi ar y cae.

Gethin also returns to Mynydd after a year away travelling. He is a strong defender with plenty of pace and lots of experience. He has been a highly influential player for the club over the years.

Sion Roberts (Llanuwchllyn to Corwen)

Experienced campaigner Sion Roberts has decided to return to Corwen from Llanuwchllyn for the 2020-21 season.

A proven dependable defender for Corwen in the past, the club is delighted to welcome him back.

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