Ten January stand-out transfers in North Wales football – feature 2

Josh Davies is back at Denbigh Town and aiming to make his mark in 2022. Picture: Denbigh Town FC

Here are 10 more transfers from across the North Wales football scene to take place during January 2022.

We could probably do a lot more, but some clubs on their social media supply a name and very little detail on the player who has joined them.

Of course we can find such information, but often it’s far from easy and takes up a lot of time.

DYLAN ROBERTS (Porthmadog to Llanberis)

Top keeper Dylan Roberts

One of the best goalkeepers seen at tier 3 level in North Wales in recent years has joined CPD Llanberis..
The Darans become Dylan’s latest club, the player having previously been at Porthmadog since the start of the 2021-22 season.
This magnificent shot-stopper was with Llanrug United for seven impressive seasons, winning the FAW Trophy before switching to Mynydd Llandegai in 2020.
Other past clubs include Caernarfon Town, Caernarfon Wanderers and Caernarfon Borough, and in 2014 he played for the Wales Deaf Futsal team.
Last month Dylan was chosen for the Wales Futsal Squad to compete in the main qualifying round of the European Deaf Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.

PAUL PRITCHARD (Holyhead Hotspur to Porthmadog)

Reunited: Paul Pritchard and Porthmadog manager Craig Papirnyk (right)

Vastly experienced goalkeeper Pritchard, 37, has rejoined Porthmadog, whom he left to return to Holyhead Hotspur eight months ago.
In a long and distinguished career, Pritch has also represented Bangor City, Glantraeth, Llanfairpwll, Caernarfon Town, Connah’s Quay Nomads, Rhyl, Warrington Town and Llangefni Town.
Perhaps his finest career moment came in 2019, when he was man of the match and captained Ynys Môn to victory in the Inter-Island Games Final.
Anglesey defeated Guernsey 2-1 at Holyhead, and in typical fashion Paul saved a penalty.
With more than 100 Welsh Premier appearances to his credit for Caernarfon, Nomads and Rhyl, Pritchard has also kept goal for numerous Cymru Alliance sides, including Hotspur, Glantraeth, Llangefni and Llanfairpwll (the latter three when they competed in the second-tier league).
The highly-respected keeper has made more than 550 career appearances and kept around 200 clean sheets.
Paul has also represented Wales Under-18’s and the national semi-professional side.
He will be well remembered by the Porthmadog faithful, who will recall him keeping 16 league and cup clean sheets in 2018/19.

IDDON PRICE (to Porthmadog)

Graphic: CPD Porthmadog – diolch

Defender Price has returned to Porthmadog after a spell at Penrhyndeudraeth, where he began the current season.
The 31-year-old joined Caernarfon Town in the summer of 2020 and made one full appearance and featured as substitute four times for the Cymru Premier club, but in November that year he returned to Porthmadog, who did not play a match that season due to Covid.
At the start of 2021-22, Iddon signed for Penrhyndeudraeth, where he made seven league and cup appearances in the early weeks of the season.
Between 2014-15 and 2019-20, he made 155 starts for Port, having had previous stints at Penrhyndeudraeth and Nantlle Vale.

PAUL McMANUS (TO HOLYWELL TOWN)

Midfield veteran who brings with him a wealth of experience and most recently was player-manager at Runcorn Town.
The 31-year-old played in the Welsh Premier League for Bangor City, Airbus UK Broughton and Rhyl, as well as having a spell with Flint Town United in the Cymru Alliance.
He was also a key figure when Rhyl won the Cymru Alliance title as invincibles in 2012-13.
A gifted, hard-working forward who also excels in midfield, Macca has been a popular figure wherever he’s played.
He was a product of Chester City’s youth system and a prolific scoring record for the youth and reserve sides persuaded Bobby Williamson to hand McManus a professional contract on 2 October 2007. Macca went on to make 27 first-team appearances for Chester between 2007-09.
In 2016 McManus signed for Runcorn Town. In February 2019, he became player-manager on a caretaker basis, and was appointed as permanent player-manager prior to the final game of the season. He left the club in October 2021.

KAI WALLIS (PRESTATYN TOWN TO HOLYWELL TOWN)

At the start of 2020-21, ahead of Flint Town United’s return to the Cymru Premier, Kai returned to Cae-y-Castell for his second spell with the club, joining from Runcorn Town.
He came through the youth ranks at Chester prior to switching to Flint originally in the 2018/19 season, having also had a stint at Rhyl.
A tenacious midfielder who is strong in the tackle and displays good ability on the ball, Wallis moved to Prestatyn Town before signing for Holywell in the January transfer window.

RHYS WILLIAMS (AIRBUS TO CEFN DRUIDS)

Goalkeeper Williams has left the Wingmakers to join JD Cymru Premier outfit Cefn Druids.
The player signed for the Bus last summer, but has departed in search of regular first team football.
The 24-year-old has previous experience with Connah’s Quay, Colchester, Carlisle and Bury.
He has also represented Wales at under-19 and U17 levels.

GWION OWEN (COLWYN BAY TO LLANRWST UNITED)

Midfield ace Owen lands at Gwydir Park from Colwyn Bay.
A former Ruthin Town and Aberystwyth Town player, the 26-year-old will bring a wealth of experience and quality to tier 3 Ardal North West club Llanrwst.
Owen is one of a number of new signings to pledge their services to the Roosters this month, others including Adam Noble from Rhos United and Daniel Hughes from Llanfairfechan Town.
Ashley Seddon has also moved over from Glan Conwy, while Sam Roberts from Bangor 1876 is another exciting capture.

PHIL LLOYD (TO MOLD ALEX)

What a tremendous signing for Mold.
Phil Lloyd arrives at Alyn Park with a great pedigree.
A prolific striker with a lethal touch in front of goal, Lloyd came through the youth ranks at Flint Town United, going on to make several first team appearances for the club before a switch to rivals Holywell Town.
Lloyd enjoyed a successful period at Holywell, winning a 2014-15 treble which included scoring twice in the final as the Wellmen lifted the FAW Trophy.
He later signed for tier 4 North East Wales League Premier Division side Halkyn & Flint Mountain.
Phil scored on his debut for Mold last weekend in a 4-0 victory.
Mold manager Michael Cunningham said: “Delighted to get Phil board with us. He brings a winning mentality which we feel will be vital in the second half of the season. He has been there and done it consistently and has undoubted quality to add to our squad .”

JACOB WISE (PRESTATYN TOWN TO MOLD ALEX)

Made quite a name for himself with a fantastic volleyed goal – not the sort you would normally associate with a towering defender – for Cefn Druids in the Cymru Premier last season.
The centre-half secured his team a 1-1 draw at Penybont with an absolute pearler of a strike in the 87th minute.
Jacob’s cracker you could say! (probably wouldn’t though – my jokes are to comedy what Rik Waller is to hang gliding).
Wise joined Holywell Town in 2019-20 from the disbanding FC Nomads and became a key figure for the Wellmen side which won the Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier Division title.
Not surprisingly, the giant centre-back earned a move to the Cymru Premier with Druids, then moved on to Prestatyn Town this season before Mold came calling.

JOSH DAVIES (TO DENBIGH TOWN)

Josh in his Porthmadog days. With thanks to CPD Porthmadog

Prolific striker Josh Davies returns to Central Park after leaving the club in 2018 when he moved to play for New Zealand outfit Melville United.
He returned to this country to play for Porthmadog before suffering an injury and has been out of the game for a couple of seasons.
His previous clubs include Llandyrnog United, Ruthin Town and an earlier spell at Porthmadog, where in 2014-15 he scored a fantastic 22 goals in 32 starts.
Josh was an integral part of Denbigh’s team under Eddie Maurice Jones that finished second in the Huws Gray Cymru Alliance in 2017-2018 and proved to be a regular goal scorer.

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