30 North Wales football transfers

Sam Jones is a big signing for Halkyn & Flint Mountain

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Sam Jones (to Halkyn & Flint Mountain)

Prolific goalscorer Sam Jones becomes Halkyn & Flint Mountain’s first summer signing.

It is the most exciting capture yet for the tier 4 North East Wales League Premier Division club.

A deadly striker, Jones links up with former Holywell Town team-mates Matty Harvey and Phil Lloyd at Pant Newydd ahead of the new season.

Jones, 32, was a central figure in all of the Wellmen’s successes under manager Johnny Haseldin.

Sam began his senior career with Holywell at the age of 16 and later played for Rhydymwyn, with whom he won the Welsh Alliance League in 2009/10, and Flint Town United before returning to the Wellmen in 2012/13.

Since his comeback season at Halkyn Road, Sam scored a fantastic 125 goals in 168 appearances.

His peak was undoubtedly the 2013-14 and 2014-15 campaigns, where he netted a remarkable 87 times in 77 matches.

In 2013/14, he helped Holywell create history by becoming the first third-tier club ever to reach the Welsh Cup semi-finals.

Sam in his Holywell days

Town also lifted the Cookson Cup that season, which saw Sam register a stunning 43 goals in 41 games.

There was no let up from Sam in 2014-15 as he beat the previous season’s total, hitting 44 goals in 36 outings.

Holywell were in scintillating form as they scooped the Welsh Alliance League title, FAW Trophy and Mawddach Cup treble.

In summer 2015, Welsh Premier club Bangor City signed Sam, but he unfortunately suffered a back injury which forced him into temporary retirement.

He was back playing for Holywell in 2017-18, scoring 15 times, and then in 2019-20 was part of the Wellmen squad which lifted the Welsh National League Wrexham Area Premier Division title at the first attempt, notching 11 goals in 18 games.

Sam Faulkner (to Menai Bridge Tigers)

Sam Faulkner in past action for Menai Bridge

Back at the club where he showed so much promise as a teenager.

Sam, now 24, is a tenacious midfielder with great ability on the ball, strong in the tackle and great range of passing.

He has been out of the game for a few years now having last played for Glantraeth in the old Welsh Alliance.

Played for the academy at Wrexham and made his senior debut for the Tigers not long after his 16th birthday.

Later developed with Bangor City under-19’s before stepping up to the first team.

Featured on the bench a number of times for the Citizens before coming on for his Welsh Premier debut as a late substitute for Sion Edwards in a 1-0 win over Carmarthen Town on March 21, 2015.

He also came on in a thrilling 4-3 home win over Rhyl – the final game of the 2014-15 season. Four more sub appearances in the WPL followed in 2015-16.

Robbie Williams (The New Saints to Gresford Athletic)

This young goalkeeper started his career at Wrexham before signing for The New Saints in 2017.

During his early career, the 19-year-old has also played for Llay United, Chirk AAA and Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant.

Robbie has proven himself to be a top talent, earning a professional contract with The New Saints in 2020, working every day at the facilities of the 13-time JD Cymru Premier champions during the 2020/21 season.

He now signs for Gresford Athletic, where he will join up with fellow goalkeeper Ben Jones to compete for the number one shirt.

Jack Kenny (Caernarfon Town to Flint Town United)

Jack Kenny (right) with Flint manager Neil Gibson. Picture: Flint Town United FC

Outstanding striker in the top two tiers of Welsh football over a number of years is reunited with former Prestatyn Town boss Neil Gibson at Flint.

Kenny won the Huws Gray Alliance title with Prestatyn in 2016-17 and 2019-20, when he netted 16 goals.

His Cymru Premier experience included stints with Rhyl, Cefn Druids, Connah’s Quay Nomads and Caernarfon Town, where last season he helped the Canaries reach the Euro Play-Off final for the first time.

Tall, hard-working front man has also represented Alsager Town, Atherton Collieries and Leigh Genesis in the English pyramid.

Aled Steele (Waunfawr to Glantraeth)

Attacking player Steele joins Anglesey club Glantraeth from Waunfawr.

This experienced campaigner will bring creativity and goals to Sean Brett’s side.

Aled began his senior career with Caernarfon Borough, where he also combined playing for Sunday League champions Caernarfon Town Supporters Club.

After securing the league and cup double under Alex Philp at Caeathro FC, he followed the manager to Mountain Rangers, where he won the 2008/09 Caernarfon and District League title.

Steele returned to Borough in 2010/11 and added the C&D League Cup and Moorings Cup to his collection.

Bontnewydd was Aled’s next stop where as top scorer he helped the Cae Stanley club finish Gwynedd League runners-up and was also named league player of the year.

Upon leaving Bont, he joined Llanfairpwll in the Anglesey League where he won the NWCFA Junior Cup and Dargie Cup in 2017/18.

In 2018-19, Aled had spells with Llanrug Reserves and Bontnewydd before returning to Mountain Rangers.

He later joined Waunfawr before landing at his latest club Glantraeth.

Mark Hamblin (to CPD Y Fali)

Central midfield general who returns to Valley after a few seasons away.

Hamblin is the sort of player who will add energy and fight to any midfield.

His most recent club was Caergybi, and apart from Y Fali his other previous stops included Bryngwran Bulls.

Matty Woodward (to Prestatyn Town)

Big, strong defender with a wealth of experience.

Woodward, 38, started his career in the West Cheshire League with Upton AA before joining Welsh Premier League side Airbus UK Broughton midway through the 2007/08 season.

He impressed sufficiently at The Airfield to be given a one-year contract with Chester.

Woodward then joined Rhyl in 2012/13, helping them secure promotion back to the Welsh Premier, before moving to Bangor City and then to Runcorn before a spell at Flint Town United.

Tom Hadley (to Glantraeth)

Striker Hadley first burst on the scene in 2016/17 when his 31 goals helped Holyhead Town stroll to the Anglesey League title.

Work and family commitments limited his availability for Town in 2017/18, then in 2018/19 he had a spell at Glantraeth.

Later played for Bryngwran Bulls, Trearddur Bay Bulls and Holyhead Town again.

Hoping to fulfill his undoubted promise on his return to Glantraeth.

Gareth Edwards (Caernarfon Town to Airbus UK Broughton)

Defensive colossus has left Caernarfon Town after seven years’ tremendous service.

Lee Dixon brought him to The Oval in 2014 and Edwards went on to play 201 matches for the Canaries, winning two Cymru Alliance titles and two Cymru Alliance League Cups, whilst also captaining the side in the past two Cymru Premier League campaigns.

Previously played for Cefn Druids in the Welsh Premier and prior to that his other clubs included Buckley Town and Upton AAA. Now 38, he still has plenty to offer.

Curtis Strong (Llandudno to Prestatyn Town)

Left wing back or central midfielder whose previous clubs include Stoke City, Tamworth, Nantwich Town, Telford and Airbus UK Broughton.

Strong, 25, who hails from Flint, came through the youth ranks at Stokewhere he played for the Potters’ Under-21s before joining Tamworth in August 2015.

In July 2017 he moved to AFC Telford United before returning to the Lambs.

He moved to Airbus in 2018-19 and won the Cymru Alliance title with the Wingmakers before joining Llandudno in January 2021.

Nikolaos Kontodios (Caergybi to Glantraeth)

Central midfielder with great energy, strong in the tackle and an eye for goal.

Will add depth to a critical position in the Glantraeth team for the season ahead.

Former clubs include Bryngwran Bulls and Valley.

Andy Wannop (Gaerwen to Menai Bridge Tigers)

A local lad and former junior, “Wanners” notched 12 goals in 2 seasons with the Tigers before transferring to Gaerwen at the beginning of the 2018/19 season.

Wanners primarily played as a forward in his last spell with the club, but is comfortable operating in more defensive roles where needed.

Tom Rowlands (to Prestatyn Town)

Tom won the 2012/13 Cymru Alliance title with Rhyl FC’s invincibles

Played in the West Cheshire League and Player of the Season at 20 before kicking off a series of spells in the Welsh system with Airbus UK Broughton.

Wide attacking midfielder Rowlands, 35, played in the Welsh Premier for Airbus, Cefn Druids, Connah’s Quay Nomads and Newtown before fulfilling a major role in Rhyl’s ‘invincible’ Huws Gray Alliance title success of 2012/13.

Injuries and quality competition in his position restricted Rowlands’ appearances in the WPL for the Lilywhites and he was loaned out to Conwy Borough before spending a season with Runcorn Town in the North West Counties.

Later returned to Rhyl before joining Holywell Town.

Jack Davis (to CPD Penrhyndeudraeth)

Left-sided player with fantastic quality and unbelievable technique is the latest former Penrhyndeudraeth player to return to the club.

Manager Iwan Williams said: “He has a wand of a left foot and has shown his qualities when he’s been available during pre-season. Another local talent with plenty of interest from leagues above so it’s brilliant to have him on board.

He’ll add competition down our left side and will prove his worth with his dead ball abilities. He’s a genuine lad with a good career in front of him.”

Dom McHugh (to Prestatyn Town)

A left-sided player who joined Flint Town United at the start of the 2019/20 season from Connah’s Quay Nomads Academy, where he had shown bags of promise.

A very talented young player, capable of undertaking mazy runs and delivering telling balls into the box. Made a number of appearances in Flint’s first team during his first season with the club.

Jordan Davies (King’s Lynn Town to Connah’s Quay Nomads)

Jordan Davies. Photo: NCM MEDIA

Much-travelled 25-year-old’s latest stop is with the Cymru Premier champions.

Davies joins The Nomads having last played for King’s Lynn Town in the National League whilst having previous experience at Telford United and Nantwich Town in the English pyramid.

In the Welsh system, he started at Brickfield Rangers before landing at Prestatyn Town, where he won two Cymru Alliance titles, in 2016-17, when he was league top-scorer, and in 2019-20, when he notched 16 goals for the Seasiders.

Davies is a Wales international Futsal player having played in both FIFA World Cup and UEFA Futsal Euro qualifiers.

He returns to Nomads having played for their first ever Scholarship team that won the Welsh Schools FA U19 Cup in 2015 with a victory over Treorchy in the final at Park Hall.

Nomads manager Andy Morrison commented: ”Jordan is someone who has been mentioned to me a few times over the last 3-4 years and it just hasn’t worked, but he’s come in and he’s shown a great commitment and worked incredibly hard and pleasantly surprised me with his quality, his pace, his power and his football brain so I’m really, really pleased and excited to have him on board because we knew he was a good player but I think he’s going to bring a lot to the football club.”

Kai Wallis (Flint Town United to Prestatyn Town)

Central midfielder previous at Rhyl, Runcorn Town and Flint.

Played for their Rhyl’s youth set-up before moving on to sign for Chester Youth Academy.

Barry Torrence (Gresford Athletic to FC Queen’s Park)

Torrence rejoins the Park after a spell with Cymru North Gresford.

The forward signed for Athletic in the 2020/21 summer transfer window.

He made one appearance for the club in the 2020/21 Nathaniel MG Cup against Bangor City. This was the only competitive appearance he was able to make for the Colliers with the matches being so limited during 2020/21, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

He signs for Queen’s Park, his former club, where he also takes up the assistant-manager role.

Ex-clubs also include Brickfield Rangers and Rhyl FC.

Paul Johnson (Saltney Town to Prestatyn Town)

Central midfielder formerly with Saltney, Flint Town United and Rhydymwyn.

Was a midfield driving force in senior football from a young age, also chipping in with his fair share of goals.

Super-fit, he would be an asset to any team.

Arwyn Williams (Trearddur Bay Bulls to CPD Cefni)

Arwyn Williams as a stand-in goalkeeper. Picture: WYNNE EVANS

Defender lands at Cefni from Trearddur Bay and brings a wealth of experience in winning titles and cups with Bryngwran Bulls for a number of years.

He is always 100% committed to his job and will never let the team down.

Jack Atkinson (to Prestatyn Town)

Promising young goalkeeper. aged 20, hails from Wrexham.

Welsh youth international Atkinson played at Shrewsbury Town, Everton and Liverpool as a youngster and trained with Wolverhampton Wanderers’ under-23s side.

Also had spells with Bangor City, Whitchurch Alport and Boca Gibraltar.

Guto Gwenallt (Porthmadog to Nantlle Vale)

Another exciting new signing for Nantlle Vale ahead of the 2021-22 season.

Vale joint-manager Sion Eifion said: “I’m delighted that Guto has joined us at the Vale. Having worked with Guto previously, I know he’ll bring an abundance of energy and character to the team. Guto is an honest worker who also has an eye for goal.”

Sam Pickering (to Prestatyn Town)

Centre-back previously with Oswestry Town, Ellesmere Rangers and Chester Nomads.

Dan Richards (to CPD Cefni)

Becomes the eldest player in the squad but no indication of this in his unstinting effort in training.

Dan also brings experience of winning titles in a great career with well-established teams like Bethesda, Rhiwlas, Mynydd Llandegai and Ogwen Tigers more recently.

Aaron Jones (to Prestatyn Town)

Aged 21, former goalkeeper with Flint Town United and The New Saints, having also spent time with Everton as a youngster.

Tom Clarke (Conwy Borough to Bangor 1876)

Defender Clarke came through the youth system at Oldham Athletic and joins 1876 from Tier 2 side Conwy Borough.

He said: “The ambition of the club is exciting. There are local lads wanting to play for the club and achieve special things over the next couple of years and I want to be a part of that journey. We should be in for an exciting season.”

Having viewed the first season from outside the club, Clarke is impressed with what he sees.

“It’s been a case of ‘so far so good’ for the club. There are great facilities and supporters. The team is full of talent with the right mixture of experience along with the young lads.

“I definitely expect competition for places! There are a lot of good players in all positions so we will all have to work hard to get into the team.”

This versatile performer with an eye for goal also lists Glantraeth, Porthmadog and Holyhead Hotspur among his former clubs.

James Webb (to Prestatyn Town)

Centre-back formerly with Skelmersdale United, Marine, AFC Liverpool and Vauxhall Motors.

Matty Roberts (Holyhead Town to CPD Cefni)

A top class player who will be a serious threat for Cefni against any opposition this season.

Matty brings plenty of experience with him, having won league titles and cups with Bryngwran Bulls in the last few years.

Never gives up, is a hard tackler, has a keen eye for a pass and is a top finisher in front of goal. He has energy to burn and will run for the full 90.

Paddy Hamid (to Prestatyn Town)

Central midfielder whose past clubs include Skelmersdale United, Barnton, Cammell Laird and Ashton Town.

Sion Thomas (to Caergybi)

Sion has decided to follow his brother Marc and sign for Caergybi ahead of the 2021-22 season.
A quality full back who can also play in midfield, Sion will prove a vital asset to Dale Moffat’s side.

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