Seven super North Wales football signings

Ryan Lees is a big signing for Boded

Ryan Lees (Trearddur Bay Bulls to Bodedern Athletic)

Classic midfield general whose former clubs include Llangefni Town, Trearddur Bay United and Holyhead Town.

Ry was one of the stars of Bay’s 2015-16 Welsh Alliance Division One title-winning team.

And he also won the Gwynedd League championship with Town in 2017-18.

Now he lands at Bodedern – and manager Ricky Williams is a happy man.

“He needs no introduction as he’s been with us in the past,” said Ricky of his new signing. “Big, strong, aggressive central midfielder who’s also great on the ball. He brings something different to what we have with his height and tenacity.”

Iddon Price (Porthmadog to Penrhyndeudraeth)

Experienced defender Price is a massive signing for Penrhyndeudraeth.

The 30-year-old joined Caernarfon Town 12 months ago and made one full appearance and featured as substitute four times for the Cymru Premier club, but in November 2020 he returned to Porthmadog.

Between 2014-15 and 2019-20, he made 155 starts for Port, having had previous stints at Penrhyndeudraeth and Nantlle Vale.

Penrhyn manager Iwan Williams is delighted to get Price on board.

He said: “This is a massive signing for our football club. Iddon comes in with a wealth of experience and was playing Welsh Premier League football as recently as last season.

“He’s been with us since day one and showed his intention of wanting to help bring success back to our community by committing to us. He’s such a clever and aggressive player and can / will play anywhere for us. I’ve been an admirer of Iddon for several years so it’s great to finally be working with him.

“His professionalism and work ethic is second to none whereby he’s always the first to arrive at training and among the last to leave, which speaks volumes.”

Jamie Thomas (Caernarfon Town to Nantlle Vale)

Jamie Thomas. Picture: Nantlle Vale social media

Thomas arrives at Maes Dulyn from Caernarfon Town and is also a former player of Bangor 1876.

Jamie represented Welsh Schools in 2020 and is the son of former Vale manager Craig Thomas.

Nantlle joint-boss Sion Eifion said: “We are delighted to confirm that one of the valley’s most promising talents is joining the club.

“Jamie has already shown his qualities during our pre-season games and I’m sure he’ll carry that on into the season.

“Jamie is a strong defender that is very comfortable on the ball. It’s also great to see another of our local talents re-joining his hometown club.”

Dion Roberts (Nantlle Vale to Penrhyndeudraeth)

Dion Roberts (in orange) in action for Penrhyn at Holyhead Hotspur. Photo: CHRIS WILLZ

Another fine capture for Iwan Williams at Maes-y-Parc.

The Penrhyn boss said: “Dion joins us from Nantlle Vale where he had somewhat of a successful period there.

“He’s a local lad and as versatile as they come. He’s a natural spoiler when he plays that defensive midfield role but can play at the back also so gives us flexibility and versatility.

“He’s honest, hard working and tenacious and fits our profile well.”

Jamie Jones (Caernarfon Town to Nantlle Vale)

Jamie Jones. Picture: Nantlle Vale social media

Another to sign for the Vale from Caernarfon Town.

Jamie is following in the footsteps of a long list of players from his family to represent the Penygroes club.

Joint-manager Sion Eifion: “Jamie is a talented attacking player who has already made his mark on the team during the pre-season games with his goals.

“He’s got the ability to beat his man and certainly knows where the goal is.

“At 17 years of age, he’s got a bright future in the game and we’re delighted that he’s chosen to continue his development here with us at Vale.”

Ethan Jones (Porthmadog to Llangefni Town)

Another fine signing for Llangefni Town Reserves.

Having captained the youth team to a incredible clean sweep in his last season with the juniors, Ethan made the move to Porthmadog Reserves.

But after spending a couple of seasons away, he has decided to return to his hometown club.

Konner Druce (Bodedern Athletic to Llangefni Town)

Konner Druce in past action for Bryngwran Bulls. Picture: WYNNE EVANS

Druce brings bags of experience and safe hands between the sticks for Sion Jones’ reserves side at Lon Talwrn.

Keen to push himself to the highest level possible, Konner hopes to push himself up to the first team fold.

Konner began his career with Trearddur Bay Under-13s before getting recruited by the Bangor City Academy.

His first senior team was Trearddur Bay Reserves in 2013. In the same season, he played Sunday League for Bryngwran.

Konner later joined Bryngwran Bulls’ Saturday league side.

His best season was 2018-19 when the Bulls won the Anglesey League title and Elias Cup, as well as reaching four other finals, including the NWCFA Junior Cup.

In 2019-20, he was part of the newly-formed Trearddur Bay Bulls (an amalgamation of Trearddur Bay United and Bryngwran Bulls) which performed well in the Gwynedd League.

He never got the chance to show what he could do competitively for Bodedern because of the coronavirus pandemic wiping out for the 2020-21 season.

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