Ten more quality North Wales football signings – and there’s plenty more to come!

Jimmy Jones is a great signing for ambitious Ruabon Rovers

Gari Owen (Bontnewydd to Bethesda Athletic)

Gari Owen has joined Bethesda Athletic

Bethesda’s first signing of the summer is centre-back Gari Owen from CPD Bontnewydd.

Pesda came up against Owen in last season’s North Wales Coast West League Division One combat.

Athletic manager Mark Hughes said: “I’m so pleased to bring Gari in. He was the captain at Bont; he’s a leader, is vocal and will organise the back 4 for us. At 27 he’s in his prime and is relishing the challenge of coming into a successful team.

“There will probably only be one more addition ahead of the new season as we are strong in all areas. We won’t be signing anyone for the sake of it.”

Ben Brierly (Holywell Town to Flint Mountain)

Ben Brierly

Striker Brierly makes the short move to the Mountain after spending the last couple of seasons with Holywell Town in the Cymru North.

He will link up with the rest of the Mountain squad and fellow new signings Richie Foulkes, Ieuan Hewitt and Kyle Smyth when the newly-promoted Ardal North West club gather for pre-season shortly.

Callum Humphries (Airbus UK Broughton to Saltney Town)

Callum Humphries (right) is a big signing for Saltney

A big Saltney welcome to 6 foot 4 defender Callum Humphries, who moves over to Sandy Lane from Airbus.

New Bordermen manager Neill Hughes said: “A huge signing for the club. A great player with a wealth of experience.

“Massive for us as a club to get a name of this level. Tier 3 is going to be very interesting next season.”

Humphries, 28, made 20 appearances for Cymru North champions Airbus last term, netting five goals.

He joined the Wingmakers from Flintshire rivals Buckley Town, his aerial dominance and leadership playing a key role in the Broughton club’s title success.

Other former clubs include Brickfield Rangers, Widnes, FC Nomads and Flint Town United.

Jimmy Jones (Cefn Albion to Ruabon Rovers)

A top quality addition to ambitious Ruabon’s ranks this summer is Jimmy Jones.

Jones, 29, has signed from Cefn Albion, where he enjoyed plenty of success..

Starting his career at TNS Academy followed by spells at Cefn Druids and Penycae, Jimmy also played an integral part in securing Albion’s 2019 FAW Trophy win.

This signing is a huge statement by Rovers boss Gareth Edwards and his management team as they look to secure promotion this season.

Edwards said: “I’m obviously really pleased to secure Jim, he’s a Ruabon lad and he was one of my main targets for this window. He is a really skillful player and will add quality to the side. I worked with him at Penycae and look forward to working with him again.”

Jimmy said: “I can’t wait for the season ahead at Ruabon, after speaking with Gareth I was excited about the plans for the club moving forward. I’ve always wanted to get back to playing for my village and helping them climb the leagues.

I’d also like to say a big thank you to Cefn Albion, I’ve had many successful seasons playing there and made some great memories.”

Paul Johnson (Saltney Town to Gresford Athletic)

Gresford have secured the services of midfield ace Paul Johnson from tier 3 club Saltney.

This is the fourth signing Athletic have made during the 2022/23 summer transfer window.

Johnson started his career at Holywell Town as a youth player, before moving to Flint Town United in 2011.

After a four-year spell at Cae-y-Castell, he signed for Rhydymwyn in 2014/15, then joined Saltney Town, where he solidified himself as a top player for the club over six seasons.

The 27-year-old had short stints at Upton AA and Prestatyn Town, before returning to Saltney in January 2022.

He made 11 appearances for the Bordermen during 2021/22, helping the club finish eighth in the 2021/22 Lock Stock Ardal North West table.

Gresford Athletic manager Eddie Maurice-Jones said: “It is brilliant news to finally secure the signing of Paul Johnson.

“Paul has been a standout performer in several meetings against him and has impressed me every time I have watched him play.

“We tried to bring Paul to Gresford last season, but the timing was not right.

“He is an honest, committed and very intelligent player, who always makes the right decisions whether that is in or out of possession.

“I am confident that Paul will play an important role in what we are aiming to achieve at Gresford Athletic.”

Alex Boss (Caernarfon Town to Porthmadog)

Graphic: Porthmadog FC – many thanks

Porthmadog have added talented 23-year-old winger Boss to their ranks as they prepare for life back in the tier 2 Cymru North.

Boss joins from Caernarfon Town, where he landed in January 2022.

He 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.

Ed Baker (Berriew to Chirk AAA)

Ed Baker has the ability to shine for Chirk AAA

Cracking capture by Chirk as they look to make their mark on the tier 2 Cymru North this season.

Attacking player Ed Baker netted 22 goals in all competitions for Ardal North East side Berriew last term, having joined the Rhiewsiders early in the campaign from Guilsfield.

The 24-year-old also has previous experience with Welshpool Town.

Baker’s arrival completes a busy week for Chirk with the recent signings of Gresford pair Corey Smart and Sam Molyneux.

Henry Nash (Rocester to Mold Alexandra)

Graphic: Mold Alex FC – many thanks

Wrexham-born 18-year-old defender Nash is an exciting addition for newly-promoted Cymru North side Mold Alex.

A former Stoke City player, Nash mainly represented the Championship club’s under-18 side before being released in summer 2021 to joinYork City.

He went on to have spells with Ossett United and Rocester of the North West Counties League before deciding to try his luck in his native North Wales with last season’s Ardal North West champions and FAW Trophy winners.

The teenager can play at right back, centre back or in central midfield.

Richie Foulkes (Runcorn Town to Flint Mountain)

Richie in his Flint Town United days

Attacking midfielder Foulkes is reunited with Flint Mountain’s new manager Aden Shannon at the Essity Stadium.

The pair worked together at Flint Town United and Runcorn Town, where Foulkes was an inspirational player and Shannon on the management team,

Always likely to pop up with a goal, Foulkes netted 15 times in 29 appearances in 2019-20, when Flint Town United finished runners-up in the Cymru North and were promoted to the Cymru Premier with tier 2 champions Prestatyn Town unable to go up.

Foulkes impressed in the top flight for the Silkmen, playing in 26 matches and scoring four times, but left in summer 2021 for Vauxhall Motors.

Foulkes’ other ex-clubs include Cammell Laird, Chester FC, Heswall and Neston Nomads.

Joel Rowlands (CPD Caer Clwyd to Llandyrnog United)

Joel proved himself to be a true goal-bagger at Denbigh

Rowlands was fresh out of youth football when he was last at Llandyrnog, working his way through the reserves and earning some first-team minutes under Ryan Harden.

While he’s been away from Cae Nant, he’s earned a reputation as a bit of a target man, with a knack of finding the net, especially for Denbigh Development, where he was top-scorer in 2019-20.

He has also netted a few for Caer Clwyd, so Llandyrnog manager Jimmy McNally is intrigued to see if he can carry on in that vein – now he is back with Dyrny!

Copyright Dave Jones © All rights reserved. CoverNews by AF themes.
%d bloggers like this: