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New signings in North Wales football (354-368)

Gary Jo Owen (right – blue, armband) has joined Trearddur Bay Bulls

Gary Jo Owen (Caergybi to Trearddur Bay Bulls)

Twice winner of the Bob Brodie Trophy for the top goalscorer on Anglesey, netting 57 for Morawelon in 2013/14 and 58 in Caergybi colours in 2017/18.

Was a member of the Morawelon side which won the Anglesey League, NWCFA Junior Cup and Bet Fred Trophy treble in the club’s first season of 2011/12, scoring 27 goals in that campaign.

Career goals to date are estimated to be above the 200 mark.

Pacy and skilful, as well as deadly from the penalty spot, Owen has also been prolific in the Welsh Alliance for Holyhead Town and had a fine record in spells at Gaerwen and Bodedern Athletic.

Bulls manager Derek Thomas is delighted to get this highly talented performer on board.

Rob Evans (Porthmadog to Llandudno)

Midfield ace Evans decided to bring his seven-year stint with Porthmadog to an end this summer and sign for Cymru North club Llandudno.

Evans first featured for Port as a loanee in 2009-10, the club’s last season in the Welsh Premier League.

He returned to Y Traeth from Caersws in 2013 and had been a Porthmadog regular ever since, playing in 208 games for the club in total, including 33 substitute appearances, and scoring 11 goals.

Llandudno first team manager Sean Eardley is delighted to get Evans on board.

“Rob has been with us since the beginning of pre season and his attitude and work ethic are the biggest things that have struck me,” said the Tudno boss.

“He’s fitted in with the group and worked really hard, he seems a humble and great lad off the pitch too. He gives us many options and I believe teams need that type of player.”

Raul Correia (Southport to Bala Town)

Bala’s new No 9 is Anglo-Portuguese and makes the switch from Southport to the Lakesiders, after previously playing for clubs such as Chorley, York City, Barrow and Blackpool.

His most prolific season was in 2016/2017 when he managed to bag 11 goals in 22 appearances for Radcliffe Borough.

The 27-year-old will strengthen Colin Caton’s attacking options, especially heading into the Europa League First Qualifying Round against Valletta FC next week.

Jay Collins (Rhos United to Llandudno Amateurs)

Can operate anywhere along the back four.

Jay brings plenty of pace to the defence and has proven this so far on the club’s first speed test in which he proved quickest.

The new recruit is good in the air and not shy of a tackle. The club is confident Jay will work hard and prove himself in this side.

Jay, who joins brother Stoogie at the Amateurs, said: “I’m happy to have signed for the Amateurs.

“I’ve been told a lot of good things from my brother and a few of the other lads I know here and I’m hoping to have a very successful league campaign and a decent cup run. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Lewis Hall (Airbus to Penycae)

Lewis Hall. Pic: Airbus FC

Goalkeeper Hall has departed the Airfield for Penycae.

The Academy graduate made six first team appearances for the Wingmakers last season, which included the 2-0 Welsh Premier League win against Newtown.

This season Hall will try his luck in tier 3 Ardal North East at Afoneitha Road.

Shane Fairclough (to Llandudno Amateurs)

Former Porthmadog player Fairclough is a winger with plenty of ability, speed and knows where the net is.

He has had a number of years out of the game due to recurring injuries but is feeling fit and ready for the season.

Shane said: “After a few years out of the game I’m feeling really healthy – body is strong and fit. The lads seem great and create one brilliant unit.

“I already know many of them so it seemed like the perfect fit. The club is organised and run well and this coupled with everything else made it a no-brainer.”

Eamon Buhalfaia (Heygarth to CPD Y Rhyl 1879)

All-action midfielder who has the potential to make quite an impression at Belle Vue.

1879 manager Gareth Thomas said: “Eamon is a box to box energetic midfielder who loves a tackle.

“He has played for several clubs in the West Cheshire League and recently captained his side Heygarth FC. His vast experience will be great for our young squad.”

Shaun Middlehurst (Rhos United to Llandudno Amateurs)

The club are happy to announce the signing of the versatile Middlehurst.

Shaun has come to the club as a goalkeeper but can operate in defence also.

He is 100% committed to the cause, will be a great addition to the squad and can be relied upon to always give his best.

Shaun has worked with new manager Nathan Bridges many times over the years so knows what he’s all about.

Bridges said: “Great new signing. We needed someone dependable and a little crazy between the sticks. He gives 110% in any position you put him in, great all round club man.”

Chris Bennett (Denbigh Town to CPD Y Rhyl 1879)

Great capture for 1879 from manager Gareth Thomas’ former club.

An athletic player who can play at full back or in midfield, Bennett has also previously played for Prestatyn Town and St Asaph.

Thomas said: “Having worked with Chris previously I’m delighted to get him to his hometown club.”

Gareth Bryant (to Llandudno Amateurs)

Bryant had a short stint with the Amateurs during pre-season last year but was unable to commit due to work.

Gareth has now signed up for the new season and has really impressed so far during training sessions.

The new man is strong and powerful with great athleticism and shows great ability with the ball.

He said, confidently: “I want the team to win trophies together. I want to play a big part in achieving that.

“I’m really looking forward to the challenge this season. There’s a few good teams in there and we’ll challenge for the league in my opinion.”

Matt Williams (Pentraeth Reserves to CPD Y Fali)

Former Pentraeth Reserves player Williams aims to make a splash at Parc Mwd this season.

The tall, powerful, no nonsense defender will be a great addition to the CPD Y Fali squad.

His ability in the air will make him a big danger from set-pieces.

Ben Hayward (to Llandudno Amateurs)

Hasn’t played for a few seasons but a number of Amateurs lads have played alongside or managed teams against Ben in the past and know the quality he can bring to the side once fully fit.

Hayward said: “Since I’ve decided I want to play football again I was undecided where to start playing. After a couple of conversations with Amateurs players Stoogie, Gaz and Sean, I have decided to sign for the Amateurs.

“I’ve been out of the game for a number of years but hoping to hit the ground running and have a successful season with the Amateurs. I’m looking forward to getting going and getting back to full fitness.”

Jack Halton (Pentraeth Reserves to CPD Y Fali)

I was going to drop in a couple of New Tricks quips, but then realised James Bolam’s character in the popular TV series was named Jack Hal-FORD not Halton.

CPD Y Fali admit Halton has been a nightmare to play against in past seasons, so they are glad to have signed him!

Jack is a versatile player that will give Valley options at centre-back and centre-midfield.

Liam Partyn (to Cefn Albion)

Goalkeeper joins tier 3 Albion for the 2020-21 Ardal North East season.

A job change now allows the 25-year-old to get back playing and Cefn are looking forward to helping him on his journey.

Matty Tombs (Brickfield Rangers to Cefn Mawr Rangers)

Switches from Clywedog Park to tier 4 North East Wales League Premier Division outfit Cefn Mawr Rangers.

Tombs is predominantly a central midfield player but gives his new club options in other areas of the pitch.

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