Grassroots North Wales has reported on 460 new signings so far this summer dating back to mid-June.
So let’s take stock and select our 30 top transfers of the 2020-21 close season to date.
This is just one man’s opinion. Others will see things differently.
DISCLAIMER: Some of these players might have moved on. I don’t get to know or hear everything. My views are on how these signings impacted at the time.
1 Nathan Craig (Caernarfon Town to Flint Town United)
Cymru Premier new boys Flint have made some fantastic signings this summer – and Craig is the best.
Quite a feat to get one of Caernarfon Town’s all-time heroes to leave The Oval.
Craig, 28, is a former Everton and Wales Under-21 midfielder who also played professionally for Torquay United.
In all, the Caernarfon-based full-back/wing-back made 201 appearances for the Canaries, scoring 83 goals.
2 Steven Jones (Llangefni Town to Bodorgan)
Top marks to Bodorgan for persuading a tier 2 player to drop down to tier 5.
Also, high praise to Jones for accepting a lower level challenge and proving not everything is about money and glory.
Excellent player who featured at tier 2 level for Cefni last season.
Bodorgan management comment: “Beyond delighted to get a player of this quality in, a massive massive signing for us!”
3 Sam Jones (Greenfield to Denbigh Town)
Excellent capture of a prolific goal scorer for Denbigh.
Over the past three seasons for tier 3 side Greenfield, Jones, 24, has netted a very impressive 72 goals in 77 appearances.
Now he joins an already ruthless attack at Central Park, comprising Jacob Walker and Mark Roberts.
4 Sean Sheridan (Llysfaen to Llanfairfechan Town)
One of the signings of the summer for sure.
Llanfairfechan manager Adam Parry made an early swoop the services of Sean Sheridan, a ruthless goal machine for last season’s Vale of Clwyd and Conwy League Division One sensations Llysfaen.
Sheridan banged in 31 goals in just 18 outings for Robert Emlyn Jones’ side in the 2019-20 campaign.
5 Leo Smith (Caernarfon Town to TNS)
Smith has already shown his quality in a TNS shirt by scoring for them in the Europa League.
Porthmadog-born, this 22-year-old attacking midfielder began his professional career at Wrexham AFC.
A loan period with Llandudno FC was followed by a similar move to Caernarfon Town, the latter eventually becoming a permanent deal in summer 2019.
Had a sensational curtailed 2019-20 season with the Cofis which saw him earn a call-up to the Wales C squad for the international against England C.
6 Nicky Williams (Plas Madoc to FC Queen’s Park)
Wrexham area goal king Williams is a massive signing for tier 4 North East Wales League Premier Division club Queen’s Park.
Williams first truly made his mark back in 2011-12 when he was top scorer for an FC Cefn side which won the Welsh National League Premier Division title.
In 2014-15 he put pen to paper for newly-formed Cefn Albion. The team won four trophies, including the North East Wales League title, and Williams amassed 59 goals in all competitions.
Williams returned to past club Chirk AAA in 2016-17 and enjoyed more glory as the WNL Premier outfit beat Penlan Club 2-1 in the FAW Trophy Final.
He then won back-to-back titles with Plas Madoc, bagging in excess of 50 goals in his first season as the Wrexham team were crowned North East Wales League champions.
7 Mike Latham (FC Queen’s Park to Cefn Albion)
Attacking-midfielder who has built up a tremendous reputation over the years as a star player in the Wrexham area.
Played for Welsh Premier Cefn Druids, Llangollen Town and Caernarfon Town before moves to Penycae and Gresford Athletic, where he scored 28 goals in 35 appearances as the Colliers won the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division title in 2014/15.
In recent years, Latham has been a key man for FC Queen’s Park, helping them to numerous triumphs, as well as enjoying a goal-packed return to Gresford.
Now the 30-year-old aims to make a big impact at Cefn Albion of tier 3 Ardal North East.
8 Phil Lloyd (Holywell Town to Halkyn & Flint Mountain)
Bringing in a man the calibre of Lloyd proves how ambitious tier 4 North East Wales League Premier Division side Halkyn & Flint Mountain are.
A prolific striker with a lethal touch in front of goal, Lloyd came through the youth ranks at Flint Town United, making several first team appearances before a switch to Holywell Town.
Lloyd was outstanding with the Wellmen, winning a 2014-15 treble which included scoring twice in the final as John Haseldin’s team lifted the FAW Trophy. He also played a major role in Town’s record-breaking run to the Welsh Cup semi-final.
9 Dylan Sweeney (to Porthmadog)
Player with the potential to become one of the golden nuggets of the season at tier 3 level.
Sweeney has been in the University of Liverpool for the last 4 years and has played for South Liverpool, Ashton Town and Widnes.
Port manager Craig Papirnyk said: “Dylan is a local lad who I have known since he was playing junior football, a talented left sided player who at 22 has a bright future ahead of him.
“He will develop with us now at Porthmadog and I am looking forward to working with him and seeing him grow with us.”
10 Dylan Roberts (Llanrug United to Mynydd Llandegai)
One of the best goalkeepers seen at tier 3 level in North Wales in recent years has joined Mynydd Llandegai.
Roberts departs Llanrug United after seven seasons with a club where he consistently impressed.
He previously represented Caernarfon Town, Caernarfon Wanderers and Caernarfon Borough, and in 2014 played for the Wales Deaf Futsal team.
11 Jack Aitken (Halkyn and Flint Mountain to Mynydd Isa Spartans)
Aitken is a prolific goalscorer who well and truly made his mark at Flint Mountain during their 2018-19 quadruple-winning season.
In that amazing campaign, Aitken bagged 27 goals in 34 appearances as Mountain landed the North East Wales League title, Horace Wynne Cup, President’s Cup and Mike Beech Memorial Trophy.
The season before went pretty well for Jack too, as he pocketed 30 goals in 29 appearances for Mountain.
Should prove a big hit with Spartans in the tier 4 North East Wales League Premier Division.
12 Anton Williams (Trearddur Bay Bulls to Caergybi)
This is a great signing for Caergybi, who are beginning to shape up really nicely for the season ahead.
Manager Dale Moffat said: “Anton will be a great asset to us – he is a tall, energetic player who can play up top or in defence so he will be very useful for us.
“He is great in the air – and we should know he has scored many against us previously.”
13 Alex Ramsay (Caernarfon Town to Bala Town)
One of Wales’ finest keepers has already shown what he can do for Bala with a crucial penalty save in their history-making 1-0 Europa League win in Malta.
Ramsay makes the switch from Caernarfon Town after spending four seasons at The Oval.
The 26-year-old shot stopper came through The New Saints’ youth system before spells at Caersws, Rhyl and Llanelli.
Keeping eight clean sheets for the Canaries last season, Alex was called up to the Wales C squad and has previously appeared for Wales Under 18’s at Semi Pro level. He is also an international at Futsal.
14 Meilir Williams (Blaenau Amateurs to Conwy Borough)
Borough already have one goal machine in Corrig McGonigle – now they have another in Meilir Williams.
One thing Boro should not be short of in the Cymru North this season is goals.
Williams was top scorer in Welsh Alliance Division One in 2018/19 with 28 league goals for Penrhyndeudraeth. In total, he bagged more than 100 in less than 90 matches for the Maes-y-Parc club.
Last season he returned to Blaenau Amateurs and scored 15 times.
15 Dean Redmond (Bodedern Athletic to Menai Bridge Tigers)
Big signing for Menai Bridge Tigers – striker Dean Redmond is back with the Anglesey club.
The 31-year-old returns to the Bridge after a season in the Welsh Alliance with Bodedern Athletic, where he finished top scorer with 18 goals.
The season prior to that, Redmond piled up 39 goals as Menai were crowned Gwynedd League champions, but were refused promotion on a ground criteria issue.
16 Louis Williams (Llanberis to Llandudno Albion)
Top-class keeper Williams has left Llanberis after nine years and more than 400 first-team appearances.
The tremendous shot-stopper has signed for tier 3 club Llandudno Albion, who were FAW Trophy finalists last season but never got to play the showpiece game due to Covid-19.
Quite a hard act to follow in Paul Whitfield, but Williams is a magnificent glovesman.
17 Sean Pritchard (Gaerwen to Bodedern Athletic)
One of Ynys Môn’s finest midfielders to emerge in recent years has been signed by Boded manager Ricky Williams.
Pritchard won the Welsh Alliance Division One title with Llangefni Town in 2018-19 and joined Gaerwen last season.
Williams said: ”I’ve chased Sean’s signature since he played for me 6 seasons ago and he’s finally agreed to return. He’s an energetic midfielder who’s great on the ball, skilful and can unlock defences with ease.
“Also a leader on the pitch and has been one of the standout midfielders on the island in the last few years.”
18 Scott Hughes (Arriva Bangor to Glantraeth)
What a capture for Glantraeth!
Prolific marksman Hughes has banged in more than 150 goals over three Anglesey League seasons with Arriva Bangor.
He most certainly adds more firepower to Glan’s already talented front line.
19 Jake Eyre (Gresford Athletic to Airbus)
Stunning signing of a highly-rated goal-getter by the Wingmakers.
Despite initially agreeing to stay at Gresford earlier in the summer, the 24-year-old has now returned to one of his former clubs.
The 2019/20 season was arguably his best season at Gresford, where he scored 19 goals in 32 appearances in all competitions..
20 Lee Stokes (Llandudno Athletic to Llandudno Albion)
Was a consistent goalscorer for Llandudno Athletic last season, but the club’s decision to fold left the talented Stokes without a team.
This capable left-back or left-wing should be a good asset to Albion, who will play in tier 3 Ardal North West in 2020-21.
Former Athletic manager Rhys Lane rated Stokes the finest to play under his leadership at the club.
21 Barry Torrence (FC Queen’s Park to Gresford Athletic)
Front man famed for scoring spectacular goals is a great signing for new Gresford manager Eddie Maurice-Jones.
Torrence arrives at Clappers Lane from FC Queen’s Park, where he is a past Welsh National League Premier Division title winner.
“Boomer” has also represented the Park at tier two level, as well as Rhyl.
22 Sion Parry (Bangor 1876 to Nantlle Vale)
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. Diamond of a player.
23 Reece Fairhurst (to CPD Y Rhyl 1879)
Former Rhyl FC player was the first to commit to the phoenix club for the coming season.
Ex-Prestatyn Town defender Fairhurst has played at Welsh Premier level, and will be a major asset for 1879.
1879 manager Gareth Thomas said: “Reece was our no 1 target as we look to build a team that will be good enough to challenge for the tier 4 title.”
24 Llyr Morris (Ruthin Town to Bala Town)
Will be fascinating to see how a player with such a proven goal-finding record in Cymru North fares in the Cymru Premier.
Forward Morris became part of the Wales U-16 set up when he was still a pupil at Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Ruthin.
His prolific goalscoring feats for Ruthin saw him finish Cymru North top marksman in 2017-18 and 2018-19, but now he makes the step up to the Cymru Premier, where he will wear the No 18 shirt for the Lakesiders.
25 Jordie Murphy (Llangefni Town to Holyhead Hotspur)
Much-decorated attacking midfielder Jordie joins Hotspur for the first time since he progressed through the club’s youth system as a junior.
One of five footballing brothers – the others being Sean, Mike, Nick and Dale – Jordie first made his real mark in senior football as part of the Morawelon side which won the NWCFA Junior Cup and Anglesey League title in 2011/12.
In 2015-16, he was in the Trearddur Bay United squad which landed the Welsh Alliance Division One title at the first attempt, Jordie netting 12 goals. He added another 13 for Bay in 2016-17.
With Trearddur disbanded, Jordie joined the revitalised Holyhead Town in 2017-18 and grabbed 18 goals as the Harbourmen were crowned Gwynedd League champions.
That made it a treble of Anglesey, Gwynedd and Welsh Alliance titles for Jordie in his career.
Last season, after the Harbourmen withdrew from Welsh Alliance Division Two and Jordie moved to Llangefni Town.
This all-action midfield man has netted well in excess of 100 goals in his senior career.
26 Mike Chapman (Llandudno Athletic to Llandudno Amateurs)
Chapman has scored goals wherever he has played.
In Llandudno Albion’s first-ever season, he netted 37 goals, bagged seven hat-tricks and scored eight goals in one game.
He also had a productive spell with Llanfairfechan Town under Sandy Malone, who then took over the Amateurs and brought Chapman with him.
Chapman was a big success with the Amateurs in their first three seasons, but decided to move on with Llandudno Athletic midway through last term, due to travelling issues in the then Welsh Alliance.
Now he’s back with the Amateurs and ready to bang in the goals.
27 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.
28 Gwynfor Owen (Trearddur Bay Bulls to Cemaes Bay)
Strong forward with plenty of goals in him, a great addition to the Cemaes squad for the 2020-21 season.
Owen notched 15 goals for Trearddur Bay in the Gwynedd League last term.
29 Casey Gregg (Holyhead Hotspur to Trearddur Bay Bulls)
Brilliant young prospect.
Double-figures marksman for Holyhead Hotspur Reserves over the past two seasons.
Eighteen-year-old winger Casey is a highly-rated young talent.
Bay manager Derek Thomas is delighted to have this gifted youngster on board.
30 Lewis Parry (Wrexham to Brickfield Rangers)
Brickfield are delighted with the capture of 18-year-old striker Parry.
Lewis has spent a lot of his early career at Wrexham and was recently released by the National League side.
He attracted a lot of attention from a number of Welsh tier 2 teams, as well as English non-league sides, but has chosen to stay local in signing for the Bricky.