Featuring 23 recent new signings in North Wales football

Jimmy McGlone (front row – furthest left) celebrates winning another trophy with Flint Mountain in 2018-19. He has now joined Saltney Town

Jimmy McGlone (Halkyn and Flint Mountain to Saltney Town)

Prolific marksman in Flintshire area football for the likes of Halkyn United, Shotton Steel, Flint Mountain and Halkyn & Flint Mountain over a number of seasons.
In three seasons at Flint Mountain, he netted 63 goals in 69 appearances and was part of the all-conquering 2018-19 North East Wales League quadruple-winning squad.
He then became part of the newly-named Halkyn & Flint Mountain in 2019-20 and scored 10 times in nine outings.
McGlone now makes the step up to tier 3 with Saltney.
A club spokesman said: “The theory is a goalscorer can score at any level, and we look forward to seeing him in action for the Bordermen.”

Darren Lewthwaite (Gaerwen to Bodedern Athletic)

Bodedern becomes the seventh stop in this hard-working striker’s career.
Boded manager Ricky Williams said: “When Daz got in touch and said he fancied Boded, it was a no-brainer really. He knows the battle he has ahead of him and is someone who’s up for that challenge.
“He’s quick, skilful, scores goals and his work rate is second to none to go with it. A lot seem to think we have a massive squad at Boded but that’s far from the case.”

Darren has also turned out for Aberffraw, Menai Bridge Tigers, Gaerwen, Pentraeth, Beaumaris Town and Glantraeth, where he never got to kick a competitive ball.
He returned to Gaerwen over the summer, but has now decided to try his hand at Boded.
Darren’s best season to date is 2015/16, when he notched 20 goals. He hit 11 for Gaerwen, where he formed 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.

Jardel Junior Lima Teixeira (Coedpoeth United to Brickfield Rangers)

Exciting attacking talent, aged 21, who is the brother of Ruben Lima from Buckley Town.
Jardel has spent most of his time at Coedpoeth, alongside a short previous spell at Brickfield and also FC Bellevue. Also a Futsal player, Jardel has played for TNS and Wrexham Glyndwr Uni in this discipline.

Ian Kearney (Aberystwyth Town to Prestatyn Town)

Highly experienced 34-year-old defender who has competed in Europe.
Played at Southport, Radcliffe Borough, Ashton United and Northwich Victoria before joining Airbus UK Broughton in 2012, captaining the side to consecutive Europa League qualifications.
He amassed 73 Welsh Premier League appearances and scored 13 goals in his time at The Airfield.
Kearney moved to Connah’s Quay Nomads in 2016 and made his competitive debut in the club’s first ever UEFA Europa League match against Norwegian side Stabæk Fotball in June of that year.
The defender only went on to make a further three starts for Nomads in the WPL before suffering cruciate knee ligament damage in an away fixture against Cardiff Met.
The injury kept Kearney out for the remainder of the 2016/17 season, and he returned as a substitute against Cardiff Met in September 2017.
Unfortunately, Kearney only made a few more appearances before suffering a prolapsed disc in his back which kept him out of action for a prolonged period of time.
He later wore the colours of Aberystwyth Town.

Anton Williams (to Holyhead Town)

Tall and commanding centre defender who has played for a number of Anglesey clubs.
Was an ever-present for Bryngwran Bulls in their 2018-19 Anglesey League title-winning side.
Has also represented Valley, Trearddur Bay Bulls, Caergybi and now adds strength to the Harbourmen back-line.

Isaac Dawson (Gresford Athletic to Brickfield Rangers)

Nineteen-year-old central midfielder was on the fringes of a regular place in Gresford’s Cymru North team in 2019-20, making 10 appearances and scoring four goals.
An attacking midfielder with impressive vision and good feet, he spent a number of years at The New Saints as a youngster. Isaac then represented Cefn Druids in their development squad before signing for Gresford.

Ben Jones (Prestatyn Town to Meliden)

Defender returns to a club where he previously had a brief stint.
Meliden manager Gareth Jones said: “I’m happy that Ben has decided to fully commit this season.
“He has struggled in previous years with work commitments but is now available and ready to play. He has a great left foot and can get up and down that left flank.”

Ian Williams (to Holyhead Town)

Excellent in the air and gets his share of goals.
Experienced player who first emerged through the ranks as Holyhead Hotspur, representing the club in the Cymru Alliance.
Brother of former Shrewsbury Town and Newtown striker Mark, Ian has also played for Trearddur Bay United as well as Holyhead Town, to where he now returns.

Rhys Dowinton (Upton JFC to Meliden)

Defender makes the switch from the English pyramid to Welsh tier 4.
Meliden manager Gareth Jones: “Rhys joins us having played at a good level in the Cheshire leagues and his experience from that will be invaluable for us. He is physically strong and can also play which is a big plus for a defender.”

James Rutter (to Saltney Town)

Rutter, a TNS Academy graduate, and former member of the Welsh Under 18’s squad joins the Bordermen offering a lot of promise.
A classy player on the ball, and with an impressive work rate, he’ll be someone to excite the spectators.

Konrad Bialozynski (to Brickfield Rangers)

Returns to football with the Brickie after a spell away from the game, while completing his studies and also taking part in triathlons and marathons.
Konrad spent most of his youth career at Bangor City, making his way through the youth side and into the first team, before leaving for University with a short stay at St Asaph during this period.
Konrad also achieved Welsh honours, starting for the U-18’s semi pro side in a 2-0 win against the Republic of Ireland.

Gethin Hughes (Colwyn Bay to Mynydd Llandegai)

Goalkeeper Hughes transfers to Llandegai from Colwyn Bay.
Despite being only 18 years old, the young stopper already has experience of playing at tier 4 from representing Kinmel Bay and Llandudno Amateurs.
He has also played for various under-19 academy squads across North Wales, including Connah’s Quay Nomads, Flint Town and Llandudno.
Mynydd manager Huw Davies said: “I wanted a goalkeeper who could show full commitment to the team and he has done that from the first minute. Geth has been with us throughout pre-season and has shown that he is one of, if not the best goalkeeper around at this level.
“He has bags of potential and I’m really looking forward to seeing him develop over the next few years. He’s also a local lad from Bethesda who will fit in well with the team.”

Callum Herd (Prestatyn Town to Meliden)

Midfield man is back at The Mine following a previous brief stay with the North Wales Coast East Premier Division outfit.
Meliden manager Gareth Jones: “I’m very happy Callum has decided to sign with us. After moving away with work he’s now back home and is looking forward to get going again.
“He’s a strong midfielder who is good at winning possession and getting the team up the pitch.”

Lee Butterworth (to Saltney Town)

Butters needs no introduction to the North East Wales football scene having been part of Holywell Town and FC Nomads, as well as the successful Lache side under present Saltney joint-manager Andy Dutton.
A Saltney statement said: “Butters has been a top level player during his time at the Lache. He’s a regular and reliable defender who can also cover midfield if needed.
“We’re pleased to get him signed, and look forward to not only his ability on the field but his experience and knowledge to this Saltney side.”

Ryan Wade (to Prestatyn Town)

Winger whose previous clubs include Northwich Victoria, Skelmersdale United, Burscough, Prescot Cables, Airbus, Bala Town, Aberystwyth Town and Runcorn Linnets.
One of a number of former Welsh Premier League star performers to land at Bastion Gardens this summer alongside Jamie Reed, Ashley Ruane, Niki-Lee Bulmer and Ian Kearney.
Previously with FA Cup heroes Marine, Wade had spells in Wales with Bala Town, Bangor City, and Airbus UK (where he made a number of Europa League appearances).

Xander Williams (Rhyl Dragons to Meliden)

Not too many players in North Wales with the christian name Xander, but Meliden have brought one on board.
Formerly with Rhyl Dragons, Xander now joins the ever-growing squad at The Mine.
Meliden manager Gareth Jones: “Xander has really impressed everyone at the club with his work rate and commitment during pre-season and has done really well in the games he’s been involved in. He can play a number of positions which will be very important for us over the course of the season.”

Rhys Baines (to Saltney Town)

Forward Rhys, 19, impressed in his first appearance for the Bordermen in a victory over Cefn Mawr Rangers last week.
Versatile, excellent technically and he has already shown he has an eye for goal.
Saltney joint-manager Darren Meredith said: “Rhys came in and impressed from the off in terms of attitude and performance. He’s part of a number of young promising talents that have come in and freshened up our core of loyal Town players.”

Lewis Thompson (to Meliden)

Defender whose previous clubs include Prestatyn Town and Bangor University
Meliden manager Gareth Jones: “I am very happy that Lewis has decided to sign for Meliden. He is good in the air, is more than happy to have the ball at his feet and has real leadership qualities.”

Gerwyn Roberts (to CPD Mynydd Llandegai)

Midfielder Roberts has returned to Mynydd after a couple of seasons playing at a higher level.
He re-joins the club after stints at Llangefni Town, Bodedern Athletic and Conwy Borough.
Manager Huw Davies said: “I’m delighted to say that Gerwyn has agreed to re-join the club in time for the new season. He’s an experienced midfielder who will add some extra quality to our midfield.
“He has a fantastic level of fitness and his work-rate is second to none. He’s really comfortable on the ball and is very versatile as he can play numerous positions; he’ll be a huge asset to us over the course of the season.”

Harrison Robson (to Saltney Town)

The Bordermen are delighted to announce the signing of former Chester Academy prospect Harrison Robson.
Harrison has settled in nicely and brings balance at left back. Quick, tenacious and with a sweet left foot, the management will be excited to see his development at Sandy Lane.
Joint-manager Darren Meredith said: “A naturally left-footed left back was seen as one of our priorities when coming in ready for this season, and Harrison is someone we’ve been really keen to get completed.
“He’s got a lot of potential and has the kind of personality Dutt (Andy Dutton) I really like in our players. I’m expecting big things from this young man, at only 18 he has a bright future.”

Dan Beattie (to Meliden)

Forward with previous experience at Rhyl FC and Rhyl Dragons.
“I am delighted we managed to get Dan to the club,” said Meliden boss Gareth Jones. “He has had many offers to play elsewhere but he chose to join Meliden. He has great feet, an eye for goal and is maturing as a player every week.”

Josh Cooke (Hawarden Rangers to Saltney Town)

Goalkeeper Cooke recently arrived at Sandy Lane from Hawarden Rangers.
Cookie, a Luca Goalkeeping ambassador (www.lucagoalkeeping.co.uk) has been impressive in pre-season so far. Vocal, good with his feet and excellent shot stopper, a big season is expected between the posts for the Town.

Ashley Ruane (Holywell Town to Prestatyn Town)

Striker Ruane joins his eighth North Wales club.
A proven goalscorer, the 36-year-old Merseysider first became known in North Wales circles when he signed for Caernarfon Town from Merseyside Police in the 2009 January transfer window.
After the Canaries were relegated from the top flight, Ruane played for the likes of Prescot Cables and Warrington Town, where he featured on the bench when Wire knocked Exeter City out of the FA Cup in 2014/15.
In the second half of that season, Ruane moved to Rhyl where he impressed enough to earn a transfer to Connah’s Quay Nomads for the 2015/16 campaign.
Ruane made his competitive debut for the Nomads against Newtown in August 2015 and went on to score 10 goals in 24 starts for the club before joining Cefn Druids on loan in August 2016.
Ruane left Nomads permanently in January 2017 for Druids after making 25 starts, 29 substitute appearances and scoring 10 goals in his time at Deeside.
After leaving Druids, he had spells at Colwyn Bay and again back in the Welsh Premier with Aberystwyth Town, where he contributed some useful goals before Cymru Alliance club Bangor City snapped him up in summer 2019.
He was released by the Citizens in November 2019 following a number of managerial and ownership changes at Nantporth.
Ruane, who has scored 39 goals in 133 appearances in the Cymru Premier, joined Holywell Town in summer 2020, but with football below tier 1 cancelled last season, he did not make a competitive appearance for the Wellmen.
Now he becomes the latest well-known name recruited for Prestatyn Town’s new-look squad for the 2021-22 Cymru North campaign.

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