The ins and outs of the WPL transfer window

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Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Wednesday, 20 Jul 2016, 14:12

Only three weeks to go to the start of new WPL season and the club’s managers have been busy re-shuffling their squads during the transfer window.

Young Rhyl manager, Niall McGuinness has been the busiest of the lot, signing 13 new players and retaining only three of last season’s starting eleven (Rob Hughes, Levi Mackin and Michael Walsh).

Aberystwyth’s new manager, Matthew Bishop has also made several changes at his club with nine of last year’s squad leaving Park Avenue over the summer.

The Black and Greens’ new assistant manager Wayne Jones has brought in four from Haverfordwest who played under him in the WPL last season.

After finishing in their highest position in WPL history, gap Connah’s Quay will be looking to further their progress after adding more talent and experience to their squad over the summer.

The New Saints’ all time top scorer Michael Wilde has joined the Deeside outfit as well as the strong ex-Airbus centre-back partnership of Ian Kearney and Michael Pearson.

But the biggest signing of the summer so far is the transfer of Chris Venables from Aberystwyth to Bala Town.

Chris Venables has won the WPL Golden Boot for the last three consecutive seasons, scoring 72 goals in 89 appearances for Aberystswyth over the last three years.

His signing might just be what Bala Town need to close the gap on WPL champions, The New Saints, and to challenge for the league title in 2016/17.

List of confirmed summer transfers:

Aberystwyth

  From To
Greg Walters Haverfordwest Aberystwyth
Ricky Watts Haverfordwest Aberystwyth
Sam Rodon Haverfordwest Aberystwyth
Luke Borrelli Haverfordwest Aberystwyth
Jonathan Evans Penrhyncoch Aberystwyth
Kostya Georgievsky Port Talbot Aberystwyth
Joe Clarke Port Talbot Aberystwyth
Will Bell Bala Town Aberystwyth
Carl Lamb Colwyn Bay Aberystwyth
 
Lee Surman Aberystwyth Carmarthen
Stuart Jones Aberystwyth Bala Town
Chris Venables Aberystwyth Bala Town
Craig Williams Aberystwyth Newtown
Ross Stephens Aberystwyth Newtown
Rhys Griffiths Aberystwyth Penybont
Antonio Corbisiero Aberystwyth Penrhyncoch
Siôn James Aberystwyth Penrhyncoch
Mike Lewis Aberystwyth

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Airbus UK

  From To
Paul Connolly Stockport Airbus UK
Jake Cook Guilsfield Airbus UK
Ryan Neild Witton Albion Airbus UK
 
Lee Owens Airbus UK Bangor
Ryan Wade Airbus UK Bangor
James Owen Airbus UK gap Connah’s Quay
Ian Kearney Airbus UK gap Connah’s Quay
Michael Pearson Airbus UK gap Connah’s Quay
James Coates Airbus UK
Ryan Fraughan Airbus UK
Jordan Barrow Airbus UK
Wayne Riley Airbus UK

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Bangor

  From To
Lee Owens Airbus UK Bangor
Ryan Wade Airbus UK Bangor
Gary Roberts Witton Albion Bangor
Danny Gosset TNS Bangor
Jacques Kpohomouh Irlam Bangor
 
Chris Jones Bangor Porthmadog
Iolo Hughes Bangor Porthmadog
Adam Cummins Bangor Queens Park
Steve Lewis Bangor Droylsden
Michael Elstone Bangor Fulham
Matty Woodward Bangor Runcorn
Ryan Edwards Bangor

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Carmarthen

  From To
Lee Surman Aberystwyth Carmarthen
Declan Carroll Haverfordwest Carmarthen
Aidan Miller Cardiff City Carmarthen
Matthew Thomas Risca Carmarthen
 
Chris Thomas Carmarthen
Sacha Walters Carmarthen
Luke Prosser Carmarthen
Kieran Lewis Carmarthen

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Cefn Druids

  From To
Matty Cook Newtown Cefn Druids
Stuart Cook Northwich Cefn Druids
Adam Eden Buckley Cefn Druids
Dave MacIntyre Denbigh Cefn Druids
Joe Williams Wrexham Cefn Druids

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gap Connah’s Quay

  From To
Ian Kearney Airbus UK gap Connah’s Quay
Michael Pearson Airbus UK gap Connah’s Quay
James Owen Airbus UK gap Connah’s Quay
Matty Owen Newtown gap Connah’s Quay
Michael Wilde TNS gap Connah’s Quay
Lewis Short Nantwich gap Connah’s Quay
Kevin Holsgrove Stockport gap Connah’s Quay
Tom Field Bangor gap Connah’s Quay
 
Jamie Crowther gap Connah’s Quay Bala Town
Sean Miller gap Connah’s Quay Altrincham
Jack Chambers gap Connah’s Quay USA scholarship
Thomas Bibby gap Connah’s Quay USA scholarship
Kieran Gaul gap Connah’s Quay
Kevin McIntyre gap Connah’s Quay
Chris Churchman gap Connah’s Quay

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Llandudno

  From To
John Owen Rhyl Llandudno
Nathan Peate Gresford Llandudno
Patrik Rutter Tranmere Llandudno
 
Michael Johnston Llandudno Caernarfon

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Cardiff Met

No information

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Bala Town

  From To
Stuart Jones Aberystwyth Bala Town
Chris Venables Aberystwyth Bala Town
Jamie Crowther gap Connah’s Quay Bala Town
 
Will Bell Bala Town Aberystwyth

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Newtown

  From To
Craig Williams Aberystwyth Newtown
Ross Stephens Aberystwyth Newtown
Ryan Kershaw TNS Newtown
Jordan Wells TNS Newtown
Joe Newtown Wrexham Newtown (loan)
 
Matty Cook Newtown Cefn Druids
Matty Owen Newtown gap Connah’s Quay
Rob Williams Newtown
Sean Evans Newtown
Jamie Tolley Newtown
Scott Ryan Newtown

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Rhyl

  From To
Andraes Alvarado Conwy Rhyl
Jack Roberts Conwy Rhyl
James Bell Caernarfon Rhyl
Kristian Pierce Denbigh Rhyl
Mike Sharples Denbigh Rhyl
Rory Crowther Glan Conwy Rhyl
Jack Abraham Flint Rhyl
Zyaac Edwards Caernarfon Rhyl
Tom Hartley Camell Laird Rhyl
Kieran Hilditch Holyhead Hotspur Rhyl
Oliver Buckley Meliden Rhyl
Stefan Halewood Australia Rhyl
Liam Walsh Wrexham Rhyl (loan)
 
Stephen Wright Rhyl Denbigh
Curtis Langton Rhyl Denbigh
Terry McCormick Rhyl Brickfield
Ibou Touray Rhyl Nantwich
Zac Corbett Rhyl FC United
Greg Stones Rhyl

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The New Saints

  From To
Tom Matthews QPR TNS
Joe Routledge Dumbarton TNS
Steven Saunders Dumbarton TNS
 
Michael Wilde TNS gap Connah’s Quay
Kai Edwards TNS Wrexham
Daniel Gosset TNS Bangor
Ryan Edwards TNS
Ryan Kershaw TNS Newtown
Jordan Wells TNS Newtown
Fisnik Hadjari TNS Newtown