Ten more top class new signings on the North Wales football scene

Matty Hughes has returned to Menai Bridge Tigers after many years of success with other clubs

Matthew Hughes (Holywell Town to Menai Bridge Tigers)

Matty (left) celebrates a trophy success at Conwy Borough with Guto Hughes

Having started his football career as a Tigers junior, Hughes returns to the club on the back of many successful spells across North Wales, Bethesda Athletic, Buckley Town, Cefn Druids, Denbigh Town and Conwy Borough included.

The experienced defender boasts an impressive medal haul including a Cymru Alliance title with Cefn Druids, three Welsh Alliance titles, two North East Wales FA Cups and he also lifted the FAW Amateur Trophy as a member of Conwy Borough’s treble winning side of 2017/18.

Many may remember Matty played his part in Bethesda Athletic’s record-breaking season of 2008-09, when Chris O’Neal’s side were crowned Welsh Alliance Division One champions and netted the league’s all-time highest goals total in a single campaign of 146. Matty notched eight goals in the league himself.

Matty has also represented Ynys Môn at three Island Games tournaments and his experience will be crucial for the Tigers as they begin life in the new North Wales Coast (West) Football League. Matty comes into the squad ready for the season opener away to Gwalchmai on Monday, July 5.

Mike Lundstram (to Bethesda Athletic)

Prolific marksman Lundstram, 38, will add vital experience to Bethesda’s young squad for the 2021-22 season.

Veteran Mike has been a Pesda hero in the past.

In 2004/05 he captained the side in the 2004-05 Cookson Cup Final at Farrar Road, scoring a hat-trick in a thrilling 4-3 win over a very strong Conwy United.

And in 2008-09, he was a member of Chris O’Neal’s record-breaking Welsh Alliance champions, who scored a league highest 146 goals.

Lundstram was also in the Bangor City squads which competed against FC Dinaburg of Latvia in the 2005-06 Intertoto Cup.

Previous clubs for the highly-respected front man also include Penmaenmawr Phoenix, Llandudno, Denbigh Town, Llandudno Junction, Glantraeth, Conwy, Llandyrnog and Llanrwst United.

He once scored a personal best 39 goals in a season for Junction and netted an individual highest five in a game for the same team.

Bethesda Athletic manager Mark Hughes said: “Mike is exactly the type of figurehead we’ve been looking for to help the young lads and his wealth of experience will be invaluable.

“He’s still got so much to offer and gives us options at centre forward and centre back.”

Brandon Luffmann (to Llysfaen)

Brandon Luffmann (grey shirt)

Signs up as a ‘free agent’ having been out of the game for a while.

He has made four appearances for the club already in pre-season, scoring twice, assisting twice and finding himself man of the match on two occasions.

Brandon said: ‘’After losing interest for various reasons and not playing football for well over five years, I never thought I would fall in love with the game again, until I joined Llysfaen Football Club.

It’s the best thing I have done in a long time and I’m absolutely loving my football again. It’s all down to the lads and Emlyn. Class all round.”

Alex Mayall (to CPD Y Fali)

Young and energetic winger who has shown signs of his potential in pre-season. Very skilful and has also managed to get himself on the scoresheet.

Promising signing who will hopefully take his chances when given.

Matt Keeley (to Llysfaen)

Matt Keeley (gray shirt)

Former junior player Keeley has managed five appearances this pre-season and has 13 in total for the club.

Said Matt on rejoining: ‘’Looking forward to getting back into it this season after leaving the club 4/5 years ago. It’s the club I’ve grown up playing for and to be back in the squad with a great group of lads has been ace.

“Can’t wait for us to kick on this season and hopefully build on the progress that’s been made so far.’’

Manager Emlyn Robert Jones added: ‘’Matt is yet another player with deep-rooted connections to football in Llysfaen, playing for the junior club for several years. He offers us something in a number of positions and the longer pre-season has gone on, the more comfortable he has looked.

“He gives us a decent delivery with his left peg and every game he’s looked more comfortable getting forward. There’s competition for his position, but competition he is relishing. Delighted to have him on board for this season.’’

Dion Williams (to Bethesda Athletic)

Williams joins the club having previously played for Bangor 1876 and Blaenau Amateurs last season.

Bethesda manager Mark Hughes said: “Dion is a versatile player and can play CDM or RB. He’ll be one of the older lads at only 24 and he’s got the right character and attitude that we want. He’s also good on the ball and hungry to do well.”

Rhys Thomas (to CPD Y Fali)

Young winger with a lot of energy.

Rhys has been impressive in training and is getting better each week.

Y Fali manager Dan Jones said: “I look forward to working with Rhys. After a couple seasons out he’s eager to get back to it. He’s putting 110% into training and improving and learning each time!.”

Osian Hughes and Noa Hughes (to Bethesda Athletic)

Brothers Osian and Noa Hughes sign on for the new season joining brother Daniel at Parc Meurig.

Osian joins having previously played for Conwy Borough and Bangor City in tier 2, and was a scholar at Wrexham FC prior.

Noa switches to Pesda from Bangor City Academy.

Bethesda manager Mark Hughes said: “Osh is a great signing for us. People forget he’s only 19, and really he shouldn’t be anywhere near this level, but he wants to enjoy his football again and we can give him that platform. Noa has only just turned 16 but is physically strong and can play numerous positions.”

James Roberts (to Llysfaen)

James has been a part of the junior clubs in Llysfaen since he was 7 years old and bar a brief stint with Penrhyn Bay and Bangor City he finds himself back home at the Bananabeu.

Goalkeeper James has four pre-season games under his belt, keeping 3 clean sheets in the process.

James said: ‘’I’ve not played much since finishing with Bangor City Under-19’s and I’m glad to be back at my roots with Llysfaen and looking forward to getting amongst it again, missed it too much.’’

Manager Emlyn Robert Jones: ‘’Losing Cain our keeper was a huge blow last season but bringing someone like James in has strengthened us massively.

“He is someone I have known since he was just a small lad and the natural ability this kid has is unreal.

“I know he has the capabilities of playing at a higher level and I hope he can do that while playing with us. I am so lucky that I have two keepers within this squad that are the best around, I know that clubs have been after many of my players already and James won’t be short of interest, but he is home, with the lads he played with growing up and he is happy.”

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