Another 50 summer football signings from North Wales – a true box of delights

Nicky Williams scores his famous goal for Chirk Town in last season’s NEWFA Challenge Cup victory over his former club Chirk AAA. Nicky has now joined Penycae. Picture: BRIAN PRYDDEN

50 MORE SIGNINGS FROM ACROSS THE NORTH WALES FOOTBALL PYRAMID

🌟 Nicky Williams (to Penycae) 🌟

One of the finest goal scorers in North Wales football has become the latest signing for tier 3 Ardal North East club Penycae.

Nicky Williams, 32, has been a prolific net-finder wherever he has played.

Last season, he had bagged 34 goals for Chirk Town in the North East Wales League Premier Division before the Taverners resigned with just weeks of the campaign remaining.

Nicky first truly made his mark back in 2011-12 when he was top scorer for an FC Cefn side which won the Welsh National League Premier Division title.

Next came a move to Acrefair in 2012-13 before joining then reigning Welsh National League (Wrexham Area) Premier champions Chirk AAA the following season, helping them reach the FAW Trophy Final.

The 2014-15 season brought an exciting new chapter for Nicky when he put pen to paper for newly-formed Cefn Albion.

The team won four trophies, including the North East Wales League title, and Williams amassed 59 goals in all competitions.

More success followed in 2015-16 as Williams was in the Albion squad which scooped the WNL Division One title at the first attempt.

Williams returned to Chirk AAA in 2016-17 and enjoyed more glory as the WNL Premier outfit beat Penlan Club 2-1 in the FAW Trophy Final.

In 2017-18, Williams joined new side Plas Madoc, bagging in excess of 50 goals as the Wrexham team were crowned North East Wales League champions. He scored TEN goals in one match.

Just like he had done previously with Cefn, Williams made it back-to-back titles with Plas as they finished top of WNL Division One in 2018-19.

Nicky remained with Madoc during the curtailed 2019-20 season before the club disbanded.

In 2020-21, he signed for FC Queen’s Park, but the campaign never got started due to Covid-19.

Then came last season’s experience with Chirk Town which produced a sour ending.

Penycae becomes the eighth club of Nicky’s career.

☀️ Tom Kemp (Prestatyn Sports to NFA) ☀️

Tom Kemp will instantly become the most famous player to wear the NFA shirt. Picture: NFA TWITTER ACCOUNT – @NFAFootball_

Stunning capture for fifth-tier club NFA as they land a player who has featured in Europe and the Welsh Premier, as well as winning the Cymru Alliance League title.

Tom Kemp spent last season in tier 4 with Prestatyn Sports, but before that truly hit the heights in the Welsh pyramid.

A very versatile defender who can play in either the full-back role or in the centre of defence if required, Kemp was with Everton as a youngster before signing for Prestatyn Town in 2012.

He went on to make the bench for both of Town’s 2013-14 Europa League first qualifying round games against Latvia’s Liepajas Metalurgs, which the Welsh Premier side won on penalties.

Kemp then twice came on as a substitute for Rhys Owen in the second qualifying round tie against HNK Rijeka of Croatia, which Town lost 8-0 on aggregate.

In 2016-17, Kemp was part of the Prestatyn Town squad which lifted the Cymru Alliance championship.

He represented the Seasiders in the Welsh Premier before switching to Flint Town United in 2018-19.

Kemp celebrated promotion to the Welsh Premier with the Cae-y-Castell club the following campaign.

He made 74 first team appearances in all for Flint before deciding to join Sports in June 2021.

SIGNINGS SPOTLIGHT – LLAY WELFARE (ARDAL NORTH WEST)

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Josh Williams (Brickfield Rangers to Llay Welfare)

Goalkeeper Williams joins Llay from fellow tier 3 club Brickfield.
Welfare reports their new stopper is performing well in pre-season.

Scott Swords (Rhostyllen to Llay Welfare)

Attacking player who netted 10 goals in 20 league appearances for Rhostyllen last term.
Llay management are confident Swords will add pace, flair and energy (and, dare we say, a cutting edge?) to the team.

Dylan O’Shaughnessy (Airbus UK to Llay Welfare)

Made his mark for the Wingmakers’ reserve side and development squad last season.
Now aiming to command a regular place in tier 3 club Llay’s first team. Centre-back who is the son of current Airbus manager and former Leeds United and Rochdale midfielder Steve O’Shaughnessy.

Josh Phillips (Brymbo to Llay Welfare)

Joins the Welly from Brymbo, having also worn the colours of Chirk AAA last season.
Experienced player who will add a touch of class and composure to the Llay midfield.

Ryan Dacey (Rhostyllen to Llay Welfare)

Full-back who arrives at The Ring from fellow tier 3 outfit Rhostyllen.
Llay were impressed with his performances against them last season so wanted him on their side this term.

Owen Jones (Brickfield Rangers to Llay Welfare)

Jones was one of the stand-out players in tier 3 last season so Llay see his capture as a real coup.
Manager Michael Gadie said: “I have been interested in signing Ozzie for a good while now, he offers us that little bit of magic in the middle and is capable of unlocking defences with his vision.”

Rhys Lloyd (Gresford Athletic to Llay Welfare)

A clinical finisher with a great eye for goal. He is a very intelligent footballer who always seems to be in the right place at the right time.
Since he was last at Llay he has worked on his fitness and is now a physical presence. Signing from Gresford Athletic, where he clocked up a number of appearances in the Cymru North last season.

Matt Thompson (Gresford Athletic to Llay Welfare)

Box to box midfielder who works tirelessly from the first whistle to the last.
His ability to break up opposition play and start an attack will prove pivotal this year.
Matt signs from Gresford Athletic where he captained the reserves to their league title last season.

SIGNINGS SPOTLIGHT – RHUDDLAN TOWN (NORTH WALES COAST EAST PREMIER)

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Mathew Beach (CPD Gronant to Rhuddlan Town)

Returns to the club he had been part of since its reformation in 2017 before signing for newly-named Gronant this summer.
However, this outstanding player is now back with Town, where he won the Vale of Clwyd and Conwy Premier League title in 2019-20. New manager John “Barney” Barnes persuaded him to be part of the revamp at Rhuddlan.

Jordan Bellham (to Rhuddlan Town)

Exciting, attacking player rejoins Rhuddlan after a short spell away from the club.
Quick, skillful and a proven goal-scorer, Bellham has played a key role in Town’s successful return to football over the past five years and is now raring to go under new manager Barney.

Ben Jacobson (to Rhuddlan Town)

Big defender is reunited with Barney at Rhuddlan, the pair having worked together at Prestatyn Town last season.
A commanding centre half, Ben has served at Blackpool, Billinge and Prestatyn, as well as having a spell in the USA.
Top performer with great leadership skills and will be a big player for Rhuddlan.

David Sharkey (to Rhuddlan Town)

Dave Sharkey (blue)

Another who was at Prestatyn when Barney was part of the management team there last season.
Experienced striker whose other clubs include Burscough Richmond and City Of Liverpool.
With a proven eye for a goal, he will be a great inspiration to the younger players in the squad,

SIGNINGS SPOTLIGHT – PENMAENMAWR PHOENIX (NORTH WALES COAST EAST PREMIER)

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Kyle Robb (Llandudno Albion to Penmaenmawr Phoenix)

Forward with plenty of pace and aggression who rejoins from Llandudno Albion.
Was a big player for Rhyl and District Sunday League quadruple winners FC Mally last season.
Other ex-clubs include Conwy Borough and Llandudno Junction.

Liam Griffiths (Glan Conwy to Penmaenmawr Phoenix)

Left-sided defender who can play either centre back or left back.
Liam lands at Phoenix from Glan Conwy, where he won honours and was always a solid performer.

Peter Jones (Llandudno Albion to Penmaenmawr Phoenix)

Striker who did not play last season due to injury. His last club was Llandudno Albion.
Peter is a tall, hard-working forward who was top-scorer for Albion in 2018-19.
He also had a spell with Llandudno during their time in the Welsh Premier.

Dean Wright (Glan Conwy to Penmaenmawr Phoenix)

Another to fly from the Glan Conwy nest and make a new home at Pen.
Right-back who brings plenty of class and solidity to that position.

Lee Ellis (Llandudno Albion to Penmaenmawr Phoenix)

Forward with proven goal-scoring ability who began last season at CPD Y Rhyl 1879 before moving to Albion.
Prior to that he was with Glan Conwy.
Lee was a prominent net-finder for the Llandudno Junction team that finished runners-up in the Welsh Alliance League in 2016-17 and secured promotion to the Cymru Alliance for the first time.
Ellis is now back with Phoenix for a second spell.

SIGNINGS SPOTLIGHT – LLANDYRNOG UNITED (NORTH WALES COAST EAST PREMIER)

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Bradley Roberts (Denbigh Town to Llandyrnog United)

Central midfielder who targeted a move to Llandyrnog for a chance to play regular first team football.
Dyrny manager Jimmy McNally says the youngster has impressed during training.
“He’s young and keen, and has already stated he’d like to be more successful at the club than his step dad, David Davies, so he’s certainly raring to go!”

Jac Evans (Ruthin Town to Llandyrnog United)

Llandyrnog lad who is another to follow in his father’s footsteps by moving to Cae Nant.
United manager Jimmy McNally said: “I’ve known Jac for years, he attended the mini football sessions in the village as a child, and has become a sturdy, hard-working centre back. Jac has had a solid summer league season this year for the village, and is growing in confidence each week, and I’m sure he’ll carry on his development here with us.”

Steffan Jones (Henllan to Llandyrnog United)

Central midfielder joins Llandyrnog from tier 5 side Henllan.
Jimmy McNally: “Pleased to get this one over the line, Steffan impressed me when I watched him last season, and we made a move for him, but he felt he should finish the season with Henllan to aid his development. Steff has it in his locker to be a big player for us this season.”

Matty Pendleton (CPD Gronant to Llandyrnog United)

Another centre-midfield operator who returns to Llandyrnog.
Jimmy McNally: “I’m happy to see Matty back in Dyrny blue after a couple of seasons away from the club, most recently at Llanelwy (now Gronant) as club captain. Matty is no stranger to me and the club, and knows what I expect from anyone representing Llandyrnog United.”

SIGNINGS SPOTLIGHT – LLANDUDNO AMATEURS (NORTH WALES COAST EAST LEAGUE DIVISION ONE)

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Trefor Jones (Penrhyn Bay to Llandudno Amateurs)

Left-sided player who is very tidy on the ball, reads the game well and has a quality left foot.
Tref offers a great dead-ball delivery which will boost the Amateurs’ attacking threat from set-pieces and crosses into the box.
This 29-year-old is also well-known for his work on the management team of Adran North champions Llandudno Ladies.

Calum McMillan (Penrhyn Bay to Llandudno Amateurs)

Has shown fantastic commitment and work-rate in training as well as a keenness to be involved with the ongoing building process of the club.
Calum has excellent desire and determination to improve and learn all the time. He can play in a number of positions, has a superb delivery and great ball control.

Kyle King (to Llandudno Amateurs)

Kyle will initially serve as a stand-in goalkeeper for last season’s regular gloves man Tristan Jones, who is away working in the early weeks of the campaign.
Kyle is a commanding presence, a good shot stopper and very good on the ball as he can also play as a striker.
Over the season the Amateurs believe Kyle will be a big part of the squad in goal and also outfield.

Jamie Seager (Penrhyn Bay to Llandudno Amateurs)

Seager has joined the Amateurs from Penrhyn Bay.
He is a versatile player who can play in a number of positions and will always give his best. Jamie’s commitment is second to none and he will give 100% effort week in week out.

Ben Hayward (to Llandudno Amateurs)

Ben is a vocal and commanding defender who is very good with the ball.
He trains and plays with a lot of desire and determination. His character and the energy that he brings to the club is a spark for everyone.
Ben has been working extremely hard to gain fitness and the Amateurs management cannot wait for him to get to full throttle and be a big part of the squad this season.

Jay Collins (Llandudno Amateurs to Caer Clwyd)

Collins has worked really hard in pre-season and impressed the management team and fellow squad members.
Jay is a speedy full-back who can also play further upfield. He has fitted in nicely in Caer Clwyd’s friendlies so far.

Thomas Gardner (to CPD Caer Clwyd)

After working hard and impressing the management team in pre-season, Thomas has committed to Caer Clwyd for the upcoming campaign. He is a versatile player with a great touch, a good passing range and isn’t afraid to shoot.

SIGNINGS SPOTLIGHT – RHYL ALL STARS (NORTH WALES COAST EAST DIVISION ONE)

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Owen Butters (to Rhyl All Stars)

A 20-year-old midfielder or winger, Owen has previously played for Airbus Academy, Llandudno Academy and Conwy Borough Reserves.
An agile, quick-footed forward thinking player, he has strong positional sense and will pick the ball up in those dangerous pockets of space.

David McHugh (to Rhyl All Stars)

Formerly with Rhuddlan Town and Rhyl FC Academy, this 20-year-old is a pacy forward who is not shy about running at defences.
He has a powerful left foot, which All Stars manager Robert Cunnah hopes will cause teams problems this season.
David had taken a few seasons away from football, with all the lockdowns a major factor, but is now focused fully on finding his best form.

Kieran David (to Rhyl All Stars)

Kieran is a strong passer of the ball, and is confident when in possession. He is versatile and can offer cover in many positions.
Formerly with Prestatyn Academy and an ex-university football player, Kieran has been away from 11-a-side football for a few years now, and has been regularly playing 5 and 6-a-side.

Josh Formston (Kinmel Bay to Rhyl All Stars)

Promising 18-year-old winger or midfielder who joins the Greens from Kinmel Bay,
Josh has quick footwork and good movement out wide.
He has spent much of his playing career with Kinmel Bay, coming up through the youth levels and making his way into men’s football with the reserves.
Josh is mainly a wide player, but can also offer cover in the midfield if called upon.

Dillan Roberts (Kinmel Bay to Rhyl All Stars)

Another signing from Kinmel Bay, Dillan is a 21-year-old defender who can operate at centre-back or full-back.
Last season he was heavily involved in the Kinmel reserves set up and spent time in the first team squad.
Dillan is composed on the ball, which is perfect for playing out from the back. He is strong in the air, and hopefully can add some goals from set pieces.

Ebin George (to Rhyl All Stars)

Ebin is a pacy winger with potential to pose difficulties for the full-backs he will be facing this season.
Efficient on the ball, this 22-year-old has no qualms about running at the opposition.
Ebin is a very fit individual and this will slot perfectly into All Stars’ pressing style for the upcoming season. He can also operate as a centre forward.
Former clubs: Rhyl Panthers and Carlisle Spartans.

Logan West (to Rhyl All Stars)

Full-back or centre-back, aged 21, whose previous teams include Prestatyn Academy, Pentre FC, Rhuddlan Town and Prestatyn Youth.
Logan is an enthusiastic young talent who never stops running. His work during All Stars training sessions has been fantastic and he has really impressed the coaches.
Defensive work excellent and work-rate unstinting.

Shaun Davies (to Rhyl All Stars)

Full back or winger whose previous clubs include Rhos United, Betws-y-Coed, Llysfaen, Y Glannau and Llanelwy Athletic
Greens manager Robert Cunnah has been interested in signing Davies since last season and is delighted to finally get his man.
Cunnah said: “Shaun is an experienced wide player, who will be an excellent addition to our team. He is strong on the ball and isn’t afraid to run at his opponents.
“Shaun has been well involved in the local football scene, playing for a number of strong clubs in the league over the years.
“He spent most of last season with Betws, being one of the top performers in their side. He also spent a short period at Y Glannau.”

Taylor Cassidy (Cymru Dragons AFC to Rhyl Dragons)

Taylor Cassidy (centre) with Dragons managers Steven Taylor (left) and Paul Maxwell

Taylor is an excellent young, upcoming talent, who has so much to offer.
A hard-working central midfielder, he can also play at centre back.
The youngster makes the step up to adults football from Cymru Dragons JFC.

Jake Hughes (to Rhyl Dragons)

Jake is a pacy winger who is expected to prove a great addition to the Dragons.
He has played for New Bell FC in Birmingham and started his footballing journey playing for West Brom Academy.

Hari Griffiths (Cymru JFC to Rhyl Dragons)

Lightning winger with a bagful of tricks, Hari is stepping up to adult football in a Dragons shirt.
A very exciting young signing, he is already a gifted player who is improving each week. Hari makes the move from Cymru JFC.

Lewis Sealey (Kinmel Bay to Rhos United)

After a short spell with Kinmel Bay, young striker Sealey is back with the club where he has carved out quite a reputation as a shining talent in recent seasons.
A very skillful and attack-minded player with a great goals and assist record, Lewis also offers an unbelievable work rate which will fit in very well with the style Rhos wish to play this season.
Lewis said: “After only having a short amount of time at Kinmel Bay, I realised that I missed the club (Rhos).
“There is a reason they say that there is no place like home and I can’t wait to get back playing with the boys again.
“My aim is to improve on last season and to keep growing as a player and I can’t wait to put that Rhos shirt on and get back into my football again.”

Bret Durkan (to Rhos United)

After suffering a career-threatening injury which kept him out of action for four years, Bret has shown amazing mental and physical determination to get back playing and he has already impressed in front of goal for Rhos during pre-season.
Bret is a very versatile left-footer, with bags of energy, eye for goal and brilliant link up play, but not only that he has the tenacity to defend like his life depends on it.
On his return, Bret, who has been part of the management team at Rhos since his injury, said: “To say I’m buzzing to be back is an understatement. It’s been a very hard 4 years without being able to play the game I love, but the group of lads at Rhos has definitely helped make the time go fast.
“Signing for Rhos this season was the easiest decision I’ve had to make. They’ve all helped me and we’ve turned from a group of friends into a family.
“I’ve got a lot to work on myself to get up to the standard I want and know I can. We have a very competitive squad in the attacking position but that drives me even more to better myself and also help better my team mates.
“My last season at Rhos before I ruptured and tore my ACL and meniscus I was able to get the golden boot and I’m even more hungry to not only bring it home with me this season, but also try and help push Rhos into the position and direction we deserve.”

Billy Wilde (to CPD Henllan)

A new signing for Henllan’s senior side this season is 16 year old Billy Wilde.
Billy has come through the junior system at Henllan and has proven himself very handy in goal and in midfield.
He has decided to dedicate himself to Henllan for this season and is determined to prove himself in senior football.

Ifan Clayton (to CPD Henllan)

Ifan has been a part of Henllan FC for years having played in a number of seasons for its junior teams.
He has now signed for the senior team and has proved himself to be a very strong full-back in pre-season so far.
Ifan said: “I signed in the hope of bettering the team somehow and I hope to help us achieve a good place in the league this season.”

SIGNINGS SPOTLIGHT – NFA (NORTH WALES COAST EAST DIVISION ONE)

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Oliver Hansen (Chester FC to NFA)

Eighteen-year-old joins Rhyl-based tier 5 club having spent 2 years as a scholar at Chester FC.
The youngster plays anywhere in the attacking line.

Ryan Brady (Prestatyn Sports to NFA)

Great signing!
An energetic midfielder who has shone for Prestatyn Sports in recent times and was previously a youth player at Rhyl FC.

Lucas Morrissey (to NFA)

Attacking player, aged 18, with a great pedigree having had spells at Connah’s Quay Nomads and Prestatyn Town Academy.

Alfie Edwards (to NFA)

Another 18-year-old prospect signs for NFA having had stints at Rhyl and Meliden last season.
A versatile player who can shine in a number of roles.

Will Davidson (Llandudno to NFA)

Left-footed 19-year-old talent who departs Llandudno to try his luck with ambitious NFA.
Davidson can play on either wing and joins his new club having had a good pedigree in Academy football.

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