Transfer Window Round-Up 2018
Best Signing – Damien Allen
Experienced midfielder Damien Allen joins Aberystwyth after six years at Bangor City where he played over 150 WPL matches for the Citizens. Allen previously wore the colours of Stockport, Morecambe, Halifax and Bury before scoring 10 minutes into his Bangor City debut vs Prestatyn on 2 January 2012.
Ins: Adam Walters (Aberystwyth University), Damien Allen (Bangor City), Craig Rogers (Bergsoyr-Idrettslag), Kurt Sherlock (Radcliffe), Tom Owens (Radcliffe)
Outs: Jonny Spittle (Connah’s Quay), John McKenna (-)
Best Signing – Robbie Pearson
A solid and dependable left-footed player, Robbie Pearson returns to Maes Tegid 18 months since departing for New Zealand to represent Tasman Utd. With Conall Murtagh unavailable due to coaching duties at Liverpool FC, Pearson fills the defensive midfielder role for Colin Caton’s side.
Ins: John Disney (Altrincham), Lewis Short (Altrincham), Hyuga Tanner (Bolton), Robbie Pearson (Tasman Utd), Kieran Smith (Tasman Utd)
Outs: Will Bell (Rhyl)
Best Signing – Alex Darlington
Attacking midfielder Alex Darlington won 18 trophies in his 9 and a half years with The New Saints. He can also play as a striker and has netted 94 goals in his 144 (+90) apps for TNS. Darlington recently won his 7th League Cup medal, equalling ex-teammate Phil Baker’s record.
Ins: Mohamed Alieu Sheriff (FC United), Yves Zama (Ramsbottom), Joel Bembo-Leta (Witton Albion), Alex Darlington (The New Saints), Sam Ashworth (The New Saints)
Outs: Anderson Cayola (-), James Demetriou (Barry Town)
Best Signing – James Demetriou
Cyrpriot striker James Demetriou joins Barry Town from fellow WPL club Bangor City. Demetriou scored on his Bangor debut against Bala Town earlier this season and will be healthy competition for Kayne McLaggon for a place in Gavin Chesterfield’s starting 11.
Ins: James Demetriou (Bangor City), Joaquin Rivera (Cardiff Bay), Jonathan Hood (Port Talbot)
Outs: Elliot Scotcher (Haverfordwest), Samuel Jones (Cambrian & Clydach – loan)
Best Signing – Mark Jones
Frontman Mark Jones returns to Richmond Park from lower league Afan Lido. A traditional no.9, Jones turned out for Llanelli, Port Talbot, Afan Lido, Aberystwyth and Carmarthen in the WPL and scored 80 goals in 188 (+40) league appearances.
Ins: Aiden O’Kelly (Basingstoke), Clayton Green (Barry Town), Mark Jones (Lido Afan), Luke Bowen (Port Talbot) Reasat Islam (-), Lewis Thomas (Swansea – loan)
Outs: Matthew Thomas (Risca), Tyler Brock (Skewen), Kyle Williams (Taffs Well)
Best Signing – Matty Owen
Centre-midfielder Matty Owen has returned to the Rock following his time at Newtown and Connah’s Quay. Owen impressed for Newtown during the 2015/16 season, also scoring for the Robins in Europe in 2015. With chances limited at the Deeside Stadium, Owen will hopefully return to his best under Huw Griffiths.
Ins: Matty Owen (Connah’s Quay), Alun Morris (Oswestry), Iwan Cartwright (Newtown)
Outs: Kyle Parle (Saltney), Stuart Cook (Widnes), Ellis Healing (-), Matthew Eckersley (-)
Best Signing – Robert Hughes
Tricky winger Hughes returns to the WPL on a full-time contract with the Nomads following his sting in Australia with the Goulbourn Valley Suns. A left-footed attacking minded winger, he will surely provide some assists for the likes of Michael Wilde and Andy Owens up front.
Ins: Jonny Spittle (Aberystwyth), Andy Owen (Skelmersdale), Rob Hughes (Goulbourn Valley Suns)
Outs: Matty Owen (Cefn Druids), Ian Kearney (-), Mathias Bakare (-), Melford Simpson (-), John Oyenuga (-)
Best Signing – Alex Lynch
Iwan Williams’ has been the busiest of the WPL managers during the January transfer window and signed goal-keeper Alex Lynch from Chester on deadline day. Holyhead-born Lynch impressed for Bala Town last season before signing for Chester City.
Ins: Wes Baynes (Airbus UK), Jay Gibbs (Caernarfon), Iwan Williams (Caernarfon), Alex Lynch (Chester), Matty Williams (Connah’s Quay), Joe Carey (Llandudno Albion), Marc Evans (Melville), Robbie Parry (TNS – loan)
Outs: Danny Taylor (Airbus UK), Shaun Cavanagh (Caernarfon), Aaron Hassall (Denbigh)
Best Signing – Alex Fletcher
Midfielder Alex Fletcher rejoins Newtown from Stafford Rangers. The young Robin has already netted twice since his return to Latham Park with well-taken goals against Prestatyn and Flint.
Ins: Ethan Jones (Halesowen), Alex Fletcher (Stafford Rangers), Callum Roberts (Shrewsbury – loan)
Outs: Iwan Cartwright (Cefn Druids), James Murphy (Rhyl)
Best Signing – Oliver Buckley
Local lad Oliver Buckley has signed for Prestatyn and instantly impressed with a debut goal against champions TNS. A direct and attack minded winger, Buckley will hope to start the second phase strongly to steer his new club away from relegation.
Ins: Louis Irvine (Guilsfield), Oliver Buckley (Rhyl), Warren Adam (Conwy),
Outs: Jack Lewis (Flint Town Utd), Jack Kenny (-), Paul O’Neill (-)
Best Signing – Dean Ebbe
Irish forward Dean Ebbe scored twice on his first start for TNS in their Welsh Cup away win against Caernarfon. With league top scorer Greg Draper recently sidelined through injury, Dean Ebbe will get his chance to mark his place in Scott Ruscoe’s side during the second phase.
Ins: Dean Ebbe (Inverness), Kevin Kauber (FK Jelgava)
Outs: Alex Darlington (Bangor City), Sam Ashworth (Bangor City), Callum Roberts (Shrewsbury – end of loan), Ryan Leak (Wolves – end of loan)
On this day in 1966, Swansea Town played their first European match on home soil as Slavia Sofia visited the Vetch.