Sam Jones (Greenfield to Denbigh Town)
Excellent capture of a prolific goal scorer for Denbigh Town.
Sam Jones, 24, has been training at Central Park for a few weeks after former club Greenfield FC agreed Town could talk to him.
Sam first started playing at Greenfield Juniors before progressing through the academy system at Connah’s Quay Nomads until the age of 18.
He then played two seasons for Loughborough FC in the Leicestershire Seniors League whilst at university before returning home to play for Greenfield in the senior side.
Over the past three seasons for a highly consistent tier 3 Welsh Alliance Division One team, Jones netted a very impressive 72 goals in 77 appearances.
Sam said it was a wrench to leave the Flintshire club, but once the decision had been made he was delighted to have signed for Denbigh under manager Dewi Llion.
“When I’ve spoken to Dewi, I have been really impressed with the set up and ambition of the club.
“We have a talented group of lads together now and I’m really looking forward to the season in what looks to be a very competitive league, and one which we have high hopes for.”
Dewi said: “I’ve tried signing Sam every year since I have been at the helm and credit to him he has shown a lot of loyalty to Greenfield.
“Last season we had Mark Roberts and Jacob Walker as our two main strikers and they scored over 50 goals between them.
“We are adding Sam, who has scored more than 20 goals every season for the past three years at this level. Sam is strong and quick and can play with his back to the goal.”
Danny Wynne (to Mynydd Isa Spartans)
Experienced centre forward who has been a consistent marksman for the likes of FC Nomads of Connah’s Quay and Mold Alexandra in recent seasons.
Wynne was a proven goalscorer at the former Welsh National League Premier Division level and can be a constant thorn in the sides of defenders.
Spartans manager James Hollyoak says: “He brings great qualities to the squad and his past experiences will help our young squad in the coming season.
“He had offers from elsewhere, but was swayed by the excellent chilli served in the pub after the game.”
Kieran Williams (Llanfairpwll to Bangor 1876)
Midfielder who was on Wrexham’s books as a ten-year old and spent some time with them before returning to his home village club interspersed with a couple of spells at Nantporth.
Tommy Edwards (Penycae to Mold Alex)
Talented young defender expected to add some quality to Mold’s back-line in the season ahead.
Alex manager Mike Cunningham said: “Really excited to get Tommy on board. He is an exciting young talent, but shows a real maturity in his performances and great leadership qualities.
“He has all the credentials to play at a higher level and we are looking forward to seeing him progress with us.”
Danny Connolly (to Llanfairpwll)
Profilic goalscorer in the past with the likes of Trearddur Bay and Holyhead Hotspur Reserves.
Now he joins Llanfairpwll, whose management have been chasing him for some time, keen to bring his experience and quality to the club.
Connolly is a striker who has scored goals in many different tiers of Welsh football.
His ability on and off the ball is something to be admired; his movement, determination, hunger and a keen eye for goal make him a great catch for any team.
Mariano Barufaldi (to Bangor City)
Towering shot-stopper Barufaldi joins the Citizens having impressed manager Hugo Colace, as the Argentine shone in his home nation’s Primera B.
At 27-years-old, and standing 6’4, Barufaldi is an experienced ‘keeper who offers a commanding presence between the sticks.
Colace said: “Barufaldi is an experienced goalkeeper, who has shown his quality in the Argentine second division. He’s strong in the air and will command his area well, and is perfectly suited to the physicality of this league.”
Added Barufaldi: “I am very proud to be part of the Citizens’ family and I want to write my name into the history of this club, and to do so I will give my all.”
Ben Barratt (Wrexham to Cefn Druids)
Druids have signed former Wrexham FC academy player Barratt.
The towering centre half is a no-nonsense centre-half, excellent in the air and happy with the ball at his feet.
He is young, hungry and has a desire to play at the highest levels possible
Mark Hawkins (Glantraeth to Bangor 1876)
Played in goal for Glantraeth in the Gwynedd League last season.
A sports science student at Bangor University, he has spent time with the Shrewsbury Town and West Bromwich Albion academies. His previous clubs include Wem Town and Bodedern.
Last season, Mark was an ever-present in the Bangor University first team and was chosen to play for Welsh Universities in the Home Nations tournament, where he appeared against both the English and Scottish Universities.
Craig Pritchard (Oswestry Town to Gresford Athletic)
Cymru North outfit Gresford have completed the re-signing of Craig Pritchard from Oswestry Town.
The 23-year-old has a good amount of experience in the JD Cymru Leagues in his still relatively short career, as well as gaining some experience in leagues outside of Wales.
He has previously twice played under Gresford first team manager Eddie Maurice-Jones, firstly during his first spell at Clappers Lane, and then again at Denbigh Town, where he was a key member of the team that finished second in the then-Huws Gray Alliance.
Before then, he played for Castell Alun Colts and Airbus UK Broughton until he earned a transfer to Cefn Druids in 2015.
He then signed for Gresford Athletic and it was not long until he transferred to Llay Miners Welfare. After one season, he then signed for Denbigh Town, where he stayed for two seasons and then joined Colwyn Bay.
Craig then moved outside of Wales to sign for New Zealand club Melville United and continued his career into England with Oswestry Town in January 2020.
Gresford first team manager Maurice-Jones said: “Craig is a player who is technically gifted, intelligent and has the ability to take this already quality squad to the next level. Having previously worked with Craig at Gresford Athletic and Denbigh Town, where he arguably played his best football, I know exactly what we can all expect. His commitment and work ethic is a big part of his personality and I am confident he will be a big success.”
Craig is the club’s seventh signing ahead of the 2020/21 season, joining his brother Mike in adding more class to an already fine squad.
Sam Ashworth (Holyhead Hotspur to Bangor 1876)
Ashworth, 20, will be a familiar name to many 1876 supporters.
He has made the move from Holyhead Hotspur, having been involved in over 20 of their matches last season, scoring six goals.
Equally at home in midfield or defence, Sam spent his early years with local clubs before signing as a professional with The New Saints on his 17th birthday. He switched to Nantporth in 2018 and moved on to the New Stadium in December of that year.
Juan Garcia (to Bangor City)
This 28-year old midfielder joins the club following spells in the top division of Argentine football, at Club Atlético Banfield, Italy and the Ecuadorian Serie B. During his time at Banfield, the Argentine won the Primera Division B, seeing his side promoted to the Primera Division (Argentine Premiership). Garcia arrives at the club with a wealth of experience of professional football, and is eager to get started at his new club.
Garcia said: “For me it is an honour to return to Europe, after my time in Italy, Argentina and Ecuador.
“I come to Bangor City to contribute my experience and to give my all to service this great and historic club. I’m also thankful to the coaching staff and the president for trusting me and making me part of this beautiful project.”
City manager Hugo Colace added: “Garcia is your typical Argentine midfielder, he’s got a great first touch and his control of the ball is superb, his ability is clear to see.”
Alex Darlington (Airbus to Cefn Druids)
New Druids recruit Darlington is one of the most decorated players in the Cymru Premier League.
The 31-year-old scooped seven championship medals in a 10-season tenure with The New Saints, where he also won the Welsh Cup four times.
Darlington will aim to become the latest member of the Cymru Premier 100 goals club in 2020-21 as he currently stands on 98.
The talented front man broke through the youth ranks with hometown club Wrexham before signing professional terms at the Racecourse.
However, Darlington suffered the misfortune of two successive leg breaks during the 2007/8 season and was released by the club at the end of the campaign as Wrexham were relegated from the EFL.
Darlington then joined The New Saints during the 2008 close season and made his debut for the club in a UEFA Cup tie against Lithuanian outfit FK Suduva.
During his long spell at Park Hall, he registered a total of 94 goals in his 234 appearances and also received call-ups to the Wales Under-23 semi-professional squad.
Darlington moved to Bangor City in January 2018, where he stood out in the Cymru Alliance, but the following summer signed for Maltese club Mosta.
He returned to Wales in summer 2019 to join Airbus, where his curtailed debut season due to Covid-19 unfortunately ended in relegation.
Druids now becomes Darlington’s third Cymru Premier club.
Gwyndaf Hughes (Pentraeth to Llanfairpwll)
This versatile performer returns to Maes Eilian.
Hughes was a former Llanfairpwll player before transferring to Pentraeth.
He can operate in several positions but is most notably known for his solid defensive displays.
Mamadie Sheriff (Penycae to Ruthin Town)
Technically-gifted midfielder joins Phil Hudson and Tommy Holmes at Ruthin.
A product of the Liverpool-based Robbie Fowler Academy, Mamadie had a spell at Brickfield Rangers before switching to Penycae last season.
He said: “I’m very excited to start the season with Philly and the lads. We should do well this season.”
Iwan Davies (to Llannefydd)
Meddai rheolwr Llannefydd, Gwyndaf Pritchard: “Croeso i Llannefydd I Iwan Davies. Chwareuwr dwi di bod ar ei ol ers 3 tymor. Cyn clybiau yn cynnwys Llandyrnog, Llanelwy, Llansannan a Ruthin. Mae Iwan di edrych yn dda yn ymarfer ac wedi setlo mewn I be da ni am drio gyflawni tymor yma.”
“Welcome to Llannefydd to Iwan Davies. He’s a player I’ve been chasing for three seasons. His former clubs include Llandyrnog, St Asaph, Llansannan and Ruthin Town. Iwan is looking good in training and is settling well towards what we are trying to achieve this season.”
Ryan Thomas Jones (to Cemaes Bay)
Left-back Ryan Thomas Jones plays with flair and is strong in the tackle.
He returns to Cemaes, having been part of the team which won the Dargie Cup and the Megan Cup in 2015.
Sure to be a great asset to the Anglesey side’s defence this season.
Jay Finter (Llangoed to Llanfairpwll)
After spending the last three years at Llangoed, Finter has signed for fellow island club Llanfairpwll.
Only 18, Jay is a player Llanfair have chased several times and are delighted to have finally landed their man.
Through his junior years Jay was a prolific goal scorer whose pace, aggression, and determination made opponents quiver.
When it came to senior level he has had to learn a different side of the game, a lot of the time adapting to different positions.
Llanfairpwll intend to restore him to forward roles and get him involved in goals again.
Jamie Lee Roberts (Llangoed to Pentraeth)
Roberts has played most of his senior football at Llangoed and was part of their successful past cup-winning side.
He has been training with Pentraeth in recent weeks and has settled in straight away. He’s an experienced, tough tackling and strong centre-half and can also play in the centre of midfield.
Pentraeth see strengthening the defence this summer as really important due to the number of goals they conceded last season, although things did improve after Christmas.
Jamie is expected to fit straight into the back line and help the team progress even more.
Ashley Ruane (to Holywell Town)
Much-travelled striker Ruane is the latest noted name to join Cymru North newcomers Holywell – his seventh North Wales club – this summer.
A proven goalscorer, the 35-year-old Merseysider first became known in North Wales circles when he signed for Caernarfon Town from Merseyside Police in the 2009 January transfer window.
After the Canaries were relegated from the top flight, Ruane played for the likes of Prescot Cables and Warrington Town, where he featured on the bench when Wire knocked Exeter City out of the FA Cup in 2014/15.
In the second half of that season, Ruane moved to Rhyl where he impressed enough to earn a transfer to Connah’s Quay Nomads for the 2015/16 campaign.
Ruane made his competitive debut for the Nomads against Newtown in August 2015 and went on to score 10 goals in 24 starts for the club before joining Cefn Druids on loan in August 2016.
Ruane left Nomads permanently in January 2017 for Druids after making 25 starts, 29 substitute appearances and scoring 10 goals in his time at Deeside.
After leaving Druids, he had spells at Colwyn Bay and again back in the Welsh Premier with Aberystwyth Town, where he contributed some useful goals before Cymru Alliance club Bangor City snapped him up in summer 2019.
He was released by the Citizens in November 2019 following a number of managerial and ownership changes at Nantporth.
Ruane, who has scored 39 goals in 133 appearances in the Cymru Premier, now joins his seventh North Wales club in Holywell,
Sammie Lee Williams (Arriva Bangor to Caergybi)
After training for with Caergybi for a few weeks and impressing, Williams has committed himself to the Holy Islanders for 2020-21.
A goalkeeper who has been with Arriva Bangor in recent times, Williams is a good shot stopper with quick reactions and can also play outfield if needed.