Meet 16 great new signings on the North Wales football scene

Michael Parker has become Flint Town United’s latest signing. Picture by kind permission of Flint Town United FC

Michael Parker (Caernarfon Town to Flint Town United)

The versatile Parker, who can operate equally effectively in midfield or central defence, has enjoyed success wherever he has played.

The 33-year-old has won three Cymru Alliance League titles with Prestatyn Town, as well as the Welsh Cup.

He is also Town’s record goalscorer in the Cymru Premier League with 48.

Parker had a productive spell with Connah’s Quay Nomads in 2018-19 before returning to Prestatyn the following season.

Last term, he joined Caernarfon Town and helped the Canaries make it three successive top six finishes in the Cymru Premier.

Now he is set for another stint in the CPL at the Essity Stadium under Neil Gibson, his former boss at Prestatyn.

Darren Lewthwaite (Aberffraw to Gaerwen)

The 32-year-old front man is back at his hometown club.

And his razor-sharp form in pre-season suggests he can be a big hit for Gaerwen in 2021-22.

Darren has also turned out for Aberffraw, Menai Bridge Tigers, Pentraeth, Beaumaris Town and Glantraeth, where he never got to kick a competitive ball.

His best season to date is 2015/16, when he notched 20 goals. He hit 11 for Gaerwen, forming a great partnership up front with marquee signing Mel McGinness, and also netted nine times for Menai Bridge in the same campaign.

In 2016/17, Darren moved to Pentraeth and recorded his best goals total in a season for a single club of 14.

After joining Beaumaris Town in 2017/18, he spent the next two seasons with Gaerwen, where his steady goalscoring record continued.

A pacy attacker and a real handful for any defence, Darren can add quality and depth to any team’s attacking options.

Gaerwen manager Justin Gallagher said: “Daz is a proven and established goalscorer at our level, and has been very impressive thus far. Daz has already put away 3 goals, provided 2 assists and enjoyed a Man of the Match performance in his two games back with us.

“Daz is a popular local lad returning to his home town club, and also coached in our junior set up previously.”

Penrhyn’s four latest newcomers Morgan Jones, Deegan John, Cai Henshaw and Alun Hughes

Morgan Jones (Blaenau Amateurs to CPD Penrhyndeudraeth)

Top-rated goalkeeper Jones looks set to become a big asset to the Cockles.

Penrhyn manager Iwan Williams said: “I’m delighted that Morgan has decided to join us here at Penrhyndeudraeth for the upcoming season. He’s one of the best keepers in the area and was inundated with offers, with some even offering him financial terms to sign.

“So to come and play for us shows his faith in myself, my management team, our group of players and especially the vision and direction of our football club. I’ve been tracking his progress for several years and to watch him especially against Llannerchymedd, he epitomises what we want from a keeper.

“He’s tall, athletic, strong in the air, commands his box well and can play. I’m really excited about watching Morgan progress with us as he’s destined for big things.”

Deegan John (Blaenau Amateurs to CPD Penrhyndeudraeth)

John has emerged through the successful Bangor City Academy.

Iwan Williams said: “We want to run all over teams and Deegan will be imperative to how we’ll work our game plan next season.

We went toe to toe with Llanuwchllyn on Tuesday evening, one of the favourites to win Tier 3, and Deegan especially in the second half was one of the catalysts that took the fight to them. A great coup for the club.”

Cai Henshaw (Blaenau Amateurs to CPD Penrhyndeudraeth)

Proven goalscorer Hensh returns to Penrhyn from Blaenau.

Iwan Williams: “He’s another one that’s come through an Academy system in Bala respectively, and is an exciting young player with bags of ability where his feet and trickery will excite our supporters.

“He’s so clever in his play and picks holes between opposition lines which makes him hard to mark and deal with.

What I like about him the most is that he’s not afraid to do the horrible side of the game either and won’t shy away when games become tough. He’s been a stand-out performer in the two friendlies thus far.”

Alun Hughes (Blaenau Amateurs to CPD Penrhyndeudraeth)

Outstanding so far in pre-season friendlies for his new club.

Iwan Williams: “To be honest, Alun was a bit of an unknown quantity for me personally when he came into pre-season, but I have to say, I’m so glad he came!

“He was outstanding in our in-house game and against Llanuwchllyn the other night. His speed, quick feet and athleticism will trouble many teams this season.

“He’s another exciting young local player who joins our ranks. He stretched the game and relieved pressure for us so well and effectively against Llanuwchllyn and deservedly got our equalising goal in a performance I was proud of.”

Ceri James (to Llanuwchllyn)

Quality midfielder with bags of experience.

The 37-year-old ended his long association with Porthmadog last season, but insisted he was not retiring.

Good to his word, Ceri has joined tier 3 Ardal North West club Llanuwchllyn.

Ceri started off at Ruthin Town, then in 2002/03 moved to Llandyrnog United when his dad John took charge.

It was a very successful period for Dyrny, who won promotion from the Clwyd League Premier Division and then the Welsh Alliance League, to secure a place in the tier-two Cymru Alliance in 2004-05, where the villagers proudly spent five seasons.

Ceri later turned out for Denbigh Town under his dad’s management and had a spell with Holywell Town where his father and Johnny Haseldin were at the helm.

He played 37 (+20) Welsh Premier matches for Porthmadog and Welshpool but left for New Zealand in January 2010, where he was an instant success for the Northern League club Melville United.

Ceri returned to Port in 2012 and was to spend most of the next eight seasons at Y Traeth, clocking up in excess of 200 appearances.

Dan Dascalu (to Llanuwchllyn)

Great balance, great feet and can completely control a game.

Played for Crewe, Welsh Schools and Bala Town before a first spell at Llanuwchllyn.

At 17, he was the catalyst for securing promotion from Welsh National League Division One and the league cup for Llan in 2015/16.

In 2018/19 Llan manager Sion Tudor Jones moved to Porthmadog and took Dascalu with him.

Midfielder Dan was superb in his first season for Port but then needed time to recover from a nasty knee injury.

Now 23, he is ready to star for Llanuwchllyn again.

David Edwards (Shrewsbury Town to Bala Town)

Capped 43 times for Wales, David Edwards instantly becomes one of the most famous players to join a Cymru Premier League club.

The 35 year old signs for Bala Town having been released by Shrewsbury Town in League One.

The former Wales international made more than 500 league appearances between four clubs, which include Luton Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Reading and two spells with Shrewsbury.

He has also played in the top five divisions of English football, from the National League right up to the Premier League, where he spent three seasons with Wolves.

Edwards played in 43 internationals for Wales between 2007-17.

He also represented Wales at the 2016 European Championships, where they got to the semi-finals. He retired from international football in 2018.

The new man will wear the number 19 shirt for Bala Town.

Llyr Morris (Bala Town to Colwyn Bay)

Striker who spent several loyal seasons with Ruthin Town in the Cymru Alliance League, where he was top marksman in 2017-18 and 2018-19, before stepping up to the Cymru Premier with Bala Town.

Game time was limited for the prolific net-finder at Maes Tegid, so he has now committed to Cymru North club Colwyn Bay for the 2021-22 season.

Morris became part of the Wales U16 set up when he was still a pupil at Ysgol Brynhyfryd, Ruthin. He went on to make his name with Ruthin Town over a number of goal-packed campaigns.

Gwion Owen (Aberystwyth Town to Colwyn Bay)

Energetic midfielder lands at Llanelian Road after a spell in the Cymru Premier with Aberystwyth Town last season.

Hailing from Llannefydd, near Denbigh, Gwion first made a big impression in the JD Cymru North with many standout performances after joining Ruthin Town in 2017.

He picked up the club’s Player’s Player of the Season award in 2017/18 and in 2019/20 before his departure for Park Avenue in September 2020.

James Ellison (Marine to Colwyn Bay)

Five months ago defender Ellison was on the bench for Marine in their much-publicised FA Cup third round tie against Tottenham Hotspur.

Now he is back at Colwyn Bay, where he displayed his talents in the club’s final season in English football in 2018-19.

During that campaign he played a key role within the young side the Seagulls had at that time.

Ellison made 32 first team appearances for the Bay in 2018-19 before joining Marine.

Kristian Platt (Airbus UK Broughton to Colwyn Bay)

Experienced central defender who joins the Bay from Airbus, having previously represented Bala Town in the Cymru Premier League.

Platt made his professional debut as a 17-year-old substitute for Shaun Kelly against Darlington on 3 May 2009 in Chester’s final match in the Football League following relegation.

He went on to make almost 150 league appearances for Stalybridge Celtic, as well as having stints with AFC Telford and Warrington Town, before joining Airbus in 2017-18.

Dan Edwards (to Colwyn Bay)

Young central midfielder who was unattached prior to joining the Bay.

He last played for Airbus and was part of the Salford City set up prior to that.

The Bay management are excited about getting him on board.

Morgan Murray (to Llandudno)

Morgan Murray (right) with Llandudno manager Sean Eardley

Llandudno FC are delighted to announce the signing of young talent Morgan Murray, who chose the Seasiders over a host of other North Wales coast clubs chasing his signature.

The young attacking player was last registered at Prestatyn Town, before trialing at a variety of clubs prior to making a decision for the 2021/22 season.

Manager Sean Eardley was thrilled to get the deal over the line early.

“He first caught my eye playing against us in a friendly for Colwyn Bay Under 19’s, and he definitely had something about him. He was confident, energetic, and wanted to be on the ball the whole time to try and make things happen.

“He can play in a variety of positions and is really eager to learn and improve his game, and we’re confident we can help him achieve those targets here.

“He has a mature head on young shoulders and I’m sure once the fans are given the green light to attend, they will instantly take a liking to him.”

Corey Jones (Holyhead Hotspur to Bangor 1876)

1876’s third signing ahead of the new season.

The versatile midfielder is looking forward to a fresh start having spent the last six years at Holyhead Hotspur.

Corey said: “Being from Bangor I couldn’t turn down the opportunity to join again. The club is on the up, has a good structure and fan base to go with it. I’m hoping that I can help with progressing the club up the leagues.

“I think the club has done really well, the supporters and the local community have really got behind it and the management and players had a really good first season of playing.”

Jones is familiar with coaching team Dylan Williams and Mel Jones having come through the youth system of Bangor City under their watch.

“I’ve played under Dylan and Mel before and that was one of the reasons that I signed. They are very good coaches who helped me develop when i played under them a few years back.”

The 26-year-old developed his skills at renowned junior club Penrhosgarnedd before joining Bangor City.

He made his first team debut as a 17-year-old in Bangor’s first-ever match at their new ground Nantporth on January 24, 2012. The opposition were Caernarfon Wanderers in the NWCFA Challenge Cup, the Citizens won 6-1 and Corey came on as a 75th minute substitute for Chris Roberts.

Corey’s first start for Neville Powell’s side came on February 28, 2012, in a 5-1 League Cup defeat at Newtown.

The following season he had a spell at Conwy Borough, but returned to Bangor in January 2013, featuring in his first Welsh Premier game as a substitute against Llanelli.

The 2013/14 season saw Corey remain part of City’s senior squad.

At the start of 2014/15, Corey made his European debut, coming on as a second half substitute in a second leg 4-0 defeat against Stjarnan of Iceland in the Europa League.

In that same season, he netted six goals for Bangor City’s impressive under-19 side which competed in the Welsh Premier Development League.

Later during the campaign he also had a stint with Llandudno, where he was part of the club’s Cymru Alliance title-winning squad.

Holyhead Hotspur signed him in 2015.

Although Hotspur were relegated from the Cymru Alliance at the end of 2018-19, they bounced back in 2019-20 by winning their third Welsh Alliance title with Corey a key man.

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