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Those North Wales football signings are back! (511-520)

Mark Thomas has signed for Llangoed as a player, as well as being manager

Mark Thomas (Llangoed – signs as player)

I’m sure I haven’t covered this one.

If I have, it deserves coverage again.

Mark, affectionately known as “Cabbage” is already manager of Llangoed, but he has now also signed on for the club as a player.

The 43-year-old has an illustrious playing career on his CV.

Based in Bangor, the father-of-four started playing aged six for Maes-y-Bryn through to under 16s.

From there he signed for Bangor City.

At 18, while in the reserves, he made his full debut for Bangor in the League of Wales with the likes of Marc Lloyd Williams, Steve Cooper – now Swansea City manager, Paul Roberts and Aled Rowlands.

Mark then joined Mid-Wales club Rhayader Town after Meirion Appleton took over at Bangor.

After one season at Rhayader, Thomas played at Cemaes Bay under Paul Whelan, then followed him to Glantraeth.

He was part of the Glan side which won the Cymru Alliance League and Cup double in 2005-06 as well as the one which knocked LoW giants Bangor City out of the Welsh Cup in 2003-04 with a team of local heroes.

Mark later played in the League of Wales for Caernarfon Town and Porthmadog.

Due to family and work commitments, he joined Bethesda to stay local and finished at Llangoed.

In 2018-19, he also helped coach at Cefni FC, but in the curtailed 2019-20 campaign he made fine progress as boss of Llangoed.

Joe Soar (Barmouth & Dyffryn United to Blaenau Amateurs)

Joe Soar

Blaenau are delighted to have secured the services of Joe Soar for their forthcoming campaign in tier 3 Ardal North West.

Described by the Quarrymen as a tough-tackling, no-nonsense defender, Soar also had a good goal-scoring record at previous clubs.

He netted 10 in 24 appearances for Llanystumdwy in 2017-18 and before that bagged some useful goals for Harlech Town.

For the last two seasons, Soar was at Welsh Alliance League club Barmouth & Dyffryn.

Michael Walsh (Holywell Town to CPD Y Rhyl 1879)

Mike Walsh

With more than 200 Welsh Premier appearances, two Welsh Cup winners medals and European football minutes on his CV, Walsh is a pretty good capture for a tier 4 club.

Walsh, 34, will be a familiar face to many at Belle Vue having played for the former Rhyl FC over a number of past seasons.

The midfielder first came to prominence at Chester, scoring his debut league goal v Southend in March 2005.

He joined Bangor City in September 2005, spending four seasons at Farrar Road, winning the Welsh Cup in 2007-08 and 2008-09 and representing the club in Europe.

Left Farrar Road in 2009 for a two-year spell with APOP Kinyras Peyias of Cyprus.

On his return he rejoined Bangor City before moving to Aberystwyth Town in January 2012.

He was back at Rhyl in 2013-14 on the club’s return to the Welsh Premier League.

Walsh was a regular before the Lilywhites were relegated in 2016-17.

He missed a large part of 2017-18 and all of 2018-19 through injury.

Last season saw him have spells at St Asaph City and Holywell Town.

Sam Lloyd (to Rhyl All Stars)

Sam Lloyd

Lloyd is a quality attacking player who can play anywhere across the front line.

A pacey forward, he possesses a very powerful shot.

All Stars manager Robert Cunnah says: “Very pleased that Sam has decided to sign on with us. Hopefully he can score some goals and provide some assists when the season starts.”

Tom Cain (AFC Liverpool to CPD Y Rhyl 1879)

Tom Cain

Versatile player who can operate in midfield or attack.

CPD Y Rhyl 1879 manager Gareth Thomas said: “He came through the Airbus academy and played last season at AFC Liverpool. We are absolutely delighted he has agreed to join the club.”

Lewis Marshall (Holywell Town to Caerwys)

Lewis Marshall

A very exciting young talent who has a lot of defensive qualities.

Expected to be a great addition to the North East Wales League Championship side.

Jack James (Greenfield to Halkyn & Flint Mountain)

Jack James

Defender James is the Mountain’s seventh summer signing.

The new recruit makes the switch from Greenfield, who he has represented over the past two seasons, making 16 first-team appearances.

Jonathan Anderson-Ogbomo (Everton to Caernarfon Town)

Wouldn’t it be great if this new signing could have the same effect at The Oval as another ex-Everton player did – Nathan Craig!

Canaries manager Huw Griffiths said: “Jonathan is a young, exciting defender who has just been released by Everton.

“He can play as centre-half or left-back and will bring plenty of energy and quality to the squad. He has trained with us this week and has fitted in really well with the lads.”

Anderson-Ogbomo, 18, made his Caernarfon debut in Sunday’s 4-0 home defeat against The New Saints.

Erhan Hyusmen (St Helens Town to Llangefni Town)

Midfielder Erhan is not a complete stranger to North Wales football as he featured for Brymbo last season in the Welsh National League.

He lands at Llangefni from North West Counties League side St Helens Town.

Hailing from Bulgaria, Hyusmen has played for PFC Ludogorets 1945 and FC Shumen in that country, as well as Alsager Town in England.

Nicolas Destefanis (to Bangor City)

Nicolas Destafanis. Picture: Bangor City FC website

The 25 year old central defender arrives at Nantporth having previously played in the Primera B National League of Argentina, as well as in Italy.

Standing at 6ft 3, Destefanis is a commanding centre back whose strength and aerial ability have caught the eye of Citizens manager Hugo Colace.

Colace said: “He’s a physical centre half, strong in the air and will put his body on the line for the team. He is exactly the kind of defender we need, and completes the team.”

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