Eight great new transfers on the North Wales football scene

It’s no longer a secret – Jordie Murphy is back at Holyhead Town

Jordie Murphy (Holyhead Hotspur to Holyhead Town)

Attacking midfielder is a fantastic signing for the Town.

The 28-year-old progressed through Holyhead Hotspur’s youth system as a junior before representing several other clubs in the senior game.

Jordie first made his mark as part of the Morawelon side which won the NWCFA Junior Cup, Anglesey League title and Bet Fred Trophy treble in their debut 2011/12 season.

He scored 29 goals the following campaign and played another season with the Holyhead club before it disbanded.

Jordie split his time between Trearddur Bay United and Gaerwen in 2014/15.

In 2015-16, he was in the Trearddur side which won the Welsh Alliance Division One title at the first attempt.

When Bay folded at the end of 2016-17, Jordie joined the revitalised Holyhead Town 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.

He remained at Town in 2018-19, but the following season, after the Harbourmen withdrew from Welsh Alliance Division Two and ran just the one team in the Anglesey League, Jordie moved to Cymru North club Llangefni Town.

The all-action midfield man returned to Hotspur last term, but is now committed to the Harbourmen for 2021-22.

Town manager Mark Owen said: “We tried to keep hold of Jordie when the old first team disbanded but Llangefni came calling and he became a success there.

“When it was known he wanted to come back it was great news. He’s already scored his first goal since returning to the Harbourmen vs Hotspur Reserves midweek.

“I’m really looking forward to working with Jordie and seeing what we can achieve this season.”

Adam Pritchard (to Holyhead Hotspur)

Ex-Bangor City and Conwy Borough defender Adam Pritchard is a new recruit for Hotspur.

Manager Darren Garmey had to move quickly to get this one over the line as Tier 1 sides were circling.

Garmey said: “Adam is another player we have followed for a long time so we are delighted to get this one over the line. He has a lot of experience for someone his age having already played for Bangor City, Conwy Borough and he also spent 18 months playing college football in the USA.

Technically he is very good as well as being a commanding presence and he will add some balance to the left side of our defence.”

Casey Gregg (to Bodedern Athletic)

After two seasons with Holyhead Hotspur Reserves where he reached double figures in goals in both, Casey joined Trearddur Bay Bulls last term.

Unfortunately, the entire 2020-21 campaign was wiped out as coronavirus took hold, so now winger Casey makes a fresh start at Bodedern.

Boded manager Ricky Williams said: “Myself, Aron and Rich were keen to get a couple of young lads on board this season and Casey fits the bill. He’s tricky, good on the ball and rarely gives it away.

He’ll offer us a few options going forward and is someone that will benefit from playing with the experienced players we have.”

Steffan Taylor (Bangor 1876 to Holyhead Town)

Quality left-footed player who can play in a few positions.

A product of Tynygongl Youth, he joined Bangor City but arrives at the Town from Bangor 1876, where he spent two seasons plagued by injuries.

Now fully-fit and injury-free, he has shown in training and friendly matches what he will add to the team.

Manager Mark Owen said: “I’ve known Steff for about 10 years now, always gives 100% on the pitch and is one of a number of players who stood out at youth level.

“When it came about that he was looking for a fresh challenge we moved quickly to snap him up – a great signing for the club.”

Dafydd Jones (Conwy Borough to Holyhead Hotspur)

Dafydd Jones (red) in action for Ynys Môn. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

Classic midfield player who was part of Ynys Môn’s gold medal winning team at the 2019 Inter-Island Games.

Dafydd joins Hotspur after a spell in the Cymru North with Conwy Borough.

He is a player Spurs boss Darren Garmey has been keeping an eye on for a few years and is delighted to finally secure his signature.

Darren said: “Daf is a player that first caught our eye many years ago in a pre-season game against Bodedern. He has since gone on to establish himself as one of the best midfielders on the island and showed everyone what he is capable of in the Ynys Mon success.

“His work-rate, attitude and quality will make him a favourite here at Holyhead and we are delighted to have him on board for our return to Tier 2.”

Paul Williams (CPD Y Fali to Holyhead Town)

Described as a “nightmare opponent” by the manager who is delighted to have secured his signature.

Paul transfers over from CPD Y Fali.

Town manager Mark Owen spent a season with Paul and was very impressed with his energy levels and work-rate, but most of all the amount of goals he contributes from midfield.

Mark said: “He has already opened his account with a debut goal versus his former club. So happy to get this done.”

Ryan Heywood (CPD Y Fali to Holyhead Town)

A strong and commanding centre-back who Town’s management had been watching for some time.

Heywood can play out from the back and will also add a goal threat on set pieces. His experience will be valuable to Holyhead’s young back-line.

Town manager Mark Owen said: “I’m really happy to get this transfer done, Ryan adds a lot of quality to the back-line; he’s not just a defender, he’s a quality footballer.”

Cory Williams (Caernarfon Town to Conwy Borough)

Cory in previous happy times at Conwy

Borough are delighted to welcome back talented forward Cory Williams.

Williams returns to Y Morfa having previously enjoyed a hugely successful three-year spell with the Tangerines where he played a leading role in the promotion back to the JD Cymru North following a memorable treble-winning campaign in 2017-18. Boro won the Welsh Alliance title, FAW Trophy and Cookson Cup.

Cory commented: “I’m delighted to be back at Borough. Having enjoyed success at the club before it holds great memories for me and is close to my heart. After such a long period without football I’m just looking forward to getting going and playing again.”

Cory spent his early senior career with the Caernarfon Town before two seasons with Hereford United.

He returned to The Oval and played in the famous 2013-14 Welsh Cup tie against The New Saints, where Town led 2-0 through Nathan Craig and a Darren Thomas wonder goal before eventually losing 3-2.

Cory moved on to Chester FC, returned to Caernarfon, then joined Colwyn Bay before a stint at Rhyl.

After three great seasons with Conwy he had a short stay at Llandudno before becoming Huw Griffiths’ first summer signing at Caernarfon Town in summer 2020. He left the club in November last year.

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