North Wales transfer market continues to thrive – here are 16 more signings

Chris Jones (right) is welcomed to Bodedern by manager Ricky Williams. Picture: BODEDERN ATHLETIC FACEBOOK PAGE – diolch

🌟🌟 Chris Jones (Bangor 1876 to Bodedern Athletic) 🌟🌟

Last season Chris Jones was in a Bangor 1876 team which tried in vain to stop Bodedern Athletic winning the tier 4 North Wales Coast West Premier Division title.

This season Chris will be part of a Boded side aiming to better 1876 in tier 3 as both clubs embark on their first campaign in the Ardal North West League.

The 36-year-old Jones arrives at Cae Ty Cristion with a great pedigree which includes a Welsh Premier League title medal and almost 300 top-flight appearances, coupled with scoring and winning in Europe.

Chris began his career as a youth/trialist at Wrexham and Leeds United, where he was on the fringes of the first team squad which competed in the Football League Championship in 2004-05.

Leeds had just been relegated from the Premier League and while Chris did not make a competitive first team appearance, he did benefit from learning alongside the likes of Aaron Lennon, Lucas Radebe and Brian Deane.

Chris also had a spell on loan at AFC Bournemouth before League of Ireland side Limerick signed him up early in 2005-06.

The start of the following season saw Chris have a short stint at Colwyn Bay, but he soon moved to Welsh Premier club Caernarfon Town.

In 2007-08, the Llŷn Peninsula born attacking-midfielder signed for Llangefni Town, who were to last just the one season in the WPL.

Chris spent the next two campaigns at Porthmadog before they too lost national league status.

Chris Jones (red) in his Bangor City days. Picture: DAI SINCLAIR

The 2010-11 season saw the beginning of the most productive period of Chris’ semi-professional career as he joined Bangor City.

He scored in both legs, including a dramatic late winner in the second, as City knocked FC Honka of Finland out of the Europa League in July 2010.

Bangor went on to win the Welsh Premier League title that season, with Chris a key player.

He went on to feature in 175 WPL matches for the Citizens, scoring 37 goals.

In total, he has played in 297 Welsh Premier games and netted 56 times.

The 2016-17 season saw Chris return to Porthmadog, who were still in the tier 2 Cymru Alliance.

Chris Jones celebrates a goal for Holyhead Hotspur. Picture: CHRIS WILLZ

In 2017, he switched to Holyhead Hotspur, where he was top-scorer in 2019-20 with 17 goals for a team which lifted the tier 3 Welsh Alliance League title and regained Cymru North status.

Last season Chris landed at Bangor 1876 and notched 18 goals as the fan-owned club earned promotion to tier 3.

A Welsh Under-19 and U-20 international, Bodedern becomes the 12th club of his career.

Boded manager Ricky Williams said: ”I’m delighted he has put pen to paper; he’s been there and done it all in Welsh football.

“He’s clever, skilful, can pick a pass and more importantly can score.

“He’s someone I’ve chased since he moved to the village and I’m made up that he’s signed.”

CHRIS JONES – SENIOR FOOTBALL CAREER

2022 – Bodedern Athletic
2021-22 Bangor 1876
2017-21 Holyhead Hotspur
2016-17 Porthmadog
2010-16 Bangor City
2008-10 Porthmadog
2007-08 Llangefni Town
2006-07 Caernarfon Town
2006-07 Colwyn Bay
2005-06 Limerick FC
2005-06 AFC Bournemouth (loan)
2005-06 Wrexham (trialist)
2004-05 Leeds United

🌟 Liam Morris (Holyhead Hotspur to Bangor 1876) 🌟

Tremendous signing for 1876 in the shape of Holyhead Hotspur’s top-scorer from last season Liam Morris.

This 23-year-old attacker netted 12 goals in all competitions for Hotspur in 2021-22.

Only last month, he was part of the Cymru North side that beat Cymru South 4-2 at Briton Ferry to reach the Uefa Regions Cup finals.

After the team from the South had gone 2-0 ahead, Liam scored first for the North as they mounted an impressive comeback.

Liam was also part of the Ynys Môn team that won the men’s football tournament at the 2019 Inter-Island Games.

He scored in the 1-0 win in the crucial final group game against Jersey and in the 2-1 victory against Guernsey in the final at Holyhead.

Bangor 1876 player-manager Michael Johnson said: “Liam is a great player and will be a fantastic addition to our squad.

He has an excellent scoring record and was top scorer at Holyhead Hotspur last year. His quality, work rate, energy and aggression will really be beneficial to us when it comes to making that step up to tier 3.”

Jenson Rowlands (Gwalchmai to Bodedern Athletic)

Talented young midfielder who made an impact for Gwalchmai in tier 4 last season after signing from Holyhead Town.

Boded manager Ricky Williams was pleased to make Jenson his first new signing of the summer.

Ricky said: ”He’s a young lad with a very bright future. He first caught my eye last season when we played Gwalchmai away; he was everywhere that night and gave us problems.

“He was good when we played them at home also. He’s a ball winner, tenacious and can play. He’s the first of a few to come before the season starts.”

Jason Foulkes (St Asaph City to Denbigh Town)

Well known for his cricketing talents which have earned him international recognition this season, Jason is also a fine footballer.

In recent times he has been part of a St Asaph City side which played in tier 3 Ardal North West last season, but ended up relegated.

His new boss, Denbigh Town manager Dewi Llion, said: “I’ve known Jason for a long time, having played in the same team as him since he was 16, so I know full well what to expect from him.

“Very versatile player who can play in a number of positions. Due to his commitments to the Wales cricket squad, he won’t be available until late September.”

Owen Cordiner (Corwen to Denbigh Town)

Owen Cordiner on the ball for previous club Corwen. Picture: GAVIN BILLINGTON

Great prospect who scored 18 goals in 19 matches for Corwen in the tier 3 Ardal North East last season.

This 21-year-old has already impressed in front of goal during Denbigh’s pre-season friendlies.

Town manager Dewi Llion: “I first worked with Owen when he was 13 at the academy in Bala, as well as the North Wales Cymru Cup squad.

“For a young lad he leads the line so well, physical, quick and great feet.”

Callum Freeman (to Mold Alexandra)

Proven goalscorer who has split his football career between Australia and Mold over the past few years.

He first joined Alex in July 2017 after playing Down Under for Clifton Hill FC.

Made a flying start for the Flintshire outfit, scoring 18 goals in 11 games before returning to Oz.

He was back with Mold for 2018-19 prior to further spells in Australia with Essendon Royals and Northcote City.

His penultimate stop at Alyn Park came in January 2022 after another stint in the land of Neighbours and Home and Away. Unfortunately, he had not fully recovered from an ankle injury and struggled to find top form.

Now, after another successful few months in Oz, this time with Keilor Park, he is aiming to make an impact for a Mold side back in tier 2.

Alex manager Michael Cunningham said: “It’s brilliant to welcome Callum back with a sense of unfinished business!

“When Cal joined us in Jan he wasn’t fully recovered from an ankle break, but showed his quality in the small contribution he made. He is back and raring to go after a successful spell in Australia.”

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

Lee Pearce (to Rhyl All Stars)

This 27-year-old has performed well at full-back in friendly fixtures so far.

Previously with Meliden, Prestatyn Athletic and Rhyl Youth, Lee is strong and holds a good position, and does well to find space and make himself available.

He is calm on the ball and shows a good range of passing, working well with the winger down his side.

Warren Anthony Hampson (to Rhyl All Stars)

Winger or full back, aged 23, previous club Penrhyn Bay Youth.

Warren played in All Stars’ recent pre-season victory against Henllan, coming off of the bench towards the end of the game.

He showed great enthusiasm and work ethic when on the pitch, and had a great hunger to win the ball back when dispossessed.

Warren made some excellent runs down the right and provided an excellent assist not long after coming on, a lovely lofted cross from the byline, which was slotted home.

Owen Hughes (to Rhyl All Stars)

Nineteen-year-old full back or winger whose previous teams are Prestatyn Academy, Cymru Commandos and Hearts Milan

Has shown some real promise in friendlies. He’s very hungry for the ball for a younger player, when playing both deeper and further up the pitch.

Strong at the back, he has shown he can play a range of positions. In one game, he also bagged himself an excellent goal after winning the ball 10 yards outside the opposition box and slotting home.

Max Cruse (to Rhyl All Stars)

Aged 20, Max is a centre-back or full-back.

Previous clubs are Hearts Spartans, Airbus, Rhuddlan Dragons, Rhyl Panthers, Meliden Development and St Asaph Reserves.

Has shone in friendlies for the All Stars, playing with a few different centre-back partnerships so far.

Max doesn’t shy away from a tackle, and has some serious strength when met by an opponent. He has shown to be a strong option at the back.

Max has proved a tough opponent when it comes to aerial battles so far, winning a good majority of his duels.

What a name for a band that would be – Max Cruse and The All Stars 🎼🎼🎼

Lewis Evans (to Rhyl All Stars)

Previously with Rhyl Academy, Prestatyn Academy and Rhyl Hearts, Lewis is a 20-year-old centre/defensive midfielder.

He has been training with the All Stars for a while now, performing well in training and showing the management he can challenge for a place in the side.

Lewis has played solidly in friendlies, both as a central and defensive midfielder.

His range of passing, especially in the first friendly against Penrhyn Bay, was impressive, playing some lovely through balls to the forwards, one of them leading to a goal.

Lewis also shown his defensive capabilities when dropped into a deeper role, providing a good barrier in front of the defence and covering them well.

Jamie Roberts (Conwy Borough to Bodedern Athletic)

Roberts makes his second move of the summer, this time switching from Conwy Borough to tier 3 newcomers Bodedern.

Athletic manager Ricky Williams said: ”I’ve watched Jamie closely for a number of seasons and I’m made up to finally get him to Boded.

“He’s a midfielder with so much potential, he’s superb on the ball and is someone who can can unlock defences for us with his vision and passing range. He’ll no doubt be a big player for us in the coming season.”

SIGNINGS SPOTLIGHT – NEW BRIGHTON VILLA (NORTH EAST WALES LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION)

Dane Shorrock (to New Brighton Villa)

Talented young full-back who played in tier 3 with Brymbo and Mold Alex last season.

Developed through the Mynydd Isa Spartans junior system, winning the Flintshire Junior and Youth Football Under-19 League with them, before then manager Dave Roberts signed him for Brymbo two years ago.

There are high hopes that he will now flourish in tier 4 with the Yellers.

Chris Boyes (Ruthin Town to New Brighton Villa)

An experienced centre back who has played for Connah’s Quay Nomads, Brickfield Rangers, Brymbo and Ruthin Town.

Started last season with Brymbo in Ardal North West before Cymru North outfit Ruthin brought him on board in January.

Tremendous signing for Villa, taking into account the level he has played at.

Sam Wainwright (Buckley Town to New Brighton Villa)

Was a regular for Buckley in the Cymru North last season, playing in 17 league games, as well as the Welsh Cup and Nathaniel MG Cup.

However, this midfield general has now decided to return to the Yellers, having left two years ago to sign for Bucks.

An excellent addition to NBV’s midfield with his work-rate and attacking quality.

Matty Davies (Buckley Town to New Brighton Villa)

Another rejoining the Villa after two years at Buckley.

Action was limited last season, but a capable midfielder with a cultured left foot.

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