Ten January transfers in North Wales football – feature 1

Tom Bibby has joined Holywell on loan. Picture: HOLYWELL TOWN FC

Tom Bibby (Connah’s Quay Nomads to Holywell Town – loan)

Midfielder Bibby joins Cymru North side Holywell on loan from the Cymru Premier champions for the rest of the season.

Bagillt-born Bibby, 23, was part of the Nomads’ first ever Coleg Cambria Scholarship team which won the Welsh Schools FA U19 Cup in 2015.

Bibby went on to play in the Welsh Youth Cup Final against Swansea City in Newtown before graduating from the Nomads’ Scholarship programme in partnership with Coleg Cambria in 2016, securing a place at University of Incarnate World in San Antonio, Texas where he majored in Sport Management with a Marketing minor.

Tom pictured when he rejoined Nomads last summer. Photo: NCM MEDIA

He went on to enjoy four years in Texas playing for the UIW Cardinals before returning to Wales in summer 2021, training with the Nomads first team before securing himself a contract.

Bibby made his debut for Nomads as a substitute against The New Saints in December 2014 and in February 2015, along with three other Nomads players was selected to play for Wales U18 against Ireland.

Bibby’s first goal for the Quay’s first team came in the Welsh League Cup clash against Caernarfon Town in October 2015, where after being introduced as an 80th minute substitute, he went on to score in the 110th minute as the game went to extra time.

Cai Parry (Nantlle Vale to Porthmadog)

Picture: PORTHMADOG FC

Returning to Porthmadog is Cai Parry who re-joins from fellow Ardal NW club Nantlle Vale.

A skilful left sided operator, Cai was an academy player at the Traeth and he also appeared for the club in 2016/17 season.

He was a scholarship player at Connah’s Quay and his former clubs include Llanrug United and Ruthin Town.

Mike Pritchard (Gresford Athletic to Rhostyllen)

Photo with thanks to Gresford Athletic FC

The experienced Pritchard has left Cymru North club Gresford Athletic to sign for tier 3 Ardal North West outfit Rhostyllen.

This popular and highly-rated goal-scoring midfielder had joined Gresford during the 2020/21 summer transfer window.

The 30-year-old, whose CV includes Welsh Premier League experience, has also previously played for Castell Alun Colts, Rhyl, Cefn Druids, Prestatyn Town, Llay Welfare, Melville United and Oswestry Town.

Ash Woods (1874 Northwich to Colwyn Bay)

Striker Woods rejoins the Bay from 1874 Northwich of the Northern Premier League Division One West.

Woods returns to the Four Crosses Arena for a second spell having joined the Bay originally in September 2018 and made 26 appearances in the 2018/19 season – the club’s last in England.

He has also had spells with Altrincham, Trafford, Atherton Collieries and Northwich Victoria and after leaving the Bay had a couple of injury-hit seasons with West Didsbury and Chorlton before joining Northwich.

Alex Boss (Bangor City to Caernarfon Town)

Alex Boss in his Bangor City days

The talented Boss gets another chance to shine in the Cymru Premier with the Canaries.

This 23-year-old winger has had three spells with Bangor City, as well as representing Aberystwyth Town and Holyhead Hotspur.

A former Welsh Colleges international, Alex was in the Ynys Môn squad which won gold at the 2019 Inter-Island Games.

On joining Caernarfon Town, Alex said: “I look forward to a new challenge at Caernarfon Town. I can’t wait to get going and to give my all for the team and the fans.”

Matthew Worrall (Gresford Athletic to Llay Welfare)

Photo with thanks to Gresford Athletic FC

Forward Worrall rejoins a club where he is a familiar face – Llay Miners Welfare.

In two spells with Gresford, he netted eight goals in 26 appearances.

He has also previously played for Llay, Queen’s Park, Denbigh Town, Rhyl and Capenhurst Villa.

Welfare, who are sixth in the tier 3 Ardal North West and have beaten both the top two this season, will be excited to re-sign a player who has represented them a number of times in his career.

Kyle Jones (Ruthin Town to Llanuwchllyn)

Kyle Jones. Picture: CPD LLanuwchllyn

Already having a great season lying fifth in Ardal North West, Llanuwchllyn will be further boosted by the re-signing of Kyle Jones.

The defender/midfielder is back with Riki Wyn Rowlands and Sion Tudor Jones’ side after a spell in the Cymru North with Ruthin Town, where he impressed.

Llanuwchllyn are delighted to recapture a player who will do no harm at all to their chances of a push for the title.

Connor Simpson (Kordrengir to Connah’s Quay Nomads)

Connor Simpson. Picture: NCM MEDIA

Centre forward Simpson, 21, could prove a real tonic to Nomads’ quest to qualify for Europe.

The 6’5” front man started his career at Hartlepool United before joining Preston North End and enjoyed loan spells at Lancaster City, Hyde United, Carlisle United and Accrington Stanley before joining Cork City just before the beginning of the Covid pandemic.

In February 2021, Simpson trialled with Norwich City before joining Icelandic side Kordrengir.
Simpson will wear the number 27 shirt at Deeside Stadium.

Charlie Mann (Prestatyn Town to Gresford Athletic)

Photo with thanks to Gresford Athletic FC

Gresford’s first signing of the 2021/22 January transfer window is Charlie Mann.

Ahead of the 2018/19 campaign, the midfielder signed for West Cheshire League Division One club Chester Nomads, where he stayed for three seasons.

The 24-year-old moved into the JD Cymru Leagues when he signed for Prestatyn Town in the 2021/22 summer transfer window, making 16 appearances for the Seasiders.

Due to receiving a red card during Prestatyn’s 3-2 loss against Llanrhaeadr Ym Mochnant, Charlie will be unavailable for the first two games back at the end of January 2022 after the 2021/22 JD Cymru North suspension, but everyone at Gresford is looking forward to seeing him on the pitch.

Tom Gunson (Cefn Albion to Brymbo)

Photo with thanks to Brymbo FC

One of the busiest North Wales clubs in the January transfer window to date is Brymbo – much more to come from them.

Among the new faces is the highly-regarded Tom Gunson. the former Buckley Town striker who joins the Steelmen from Ardal North East side Cefn Albion.

The lively front man will be looking to make an immediate impact at The Crick.

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