Aber Town FC building squad through summer

IT IS OFTEN the case that the close-season period for football clubs can prove to be pivotal in the following seasons campaign. With signings and friendlies being arranged and following their Europa League Playoff exit, losing 1-0 away at Llanelli, Aberystwyth Town’s manager has wasted no time in building their squad for next season.

Ex-Llanelli skipper Stuart Jones, has joined his home town club after spells at Llanelli, where he became their first full-time player in fifty years when he penned a new deal in 2005, and also won numerous Welsh Premier League team of the year accolades over the years, and previously at Swansea City.

Also linking up with Aberystwyth for next year is Cledan Davies who rejoins his former rmanager after a season away at Camarthen Town, playing 28 times for ‘The Old Gold’ who earned a reprieve from relegation after Neath were expelled from the league and have subsequently gone bust after being refused a license, making some of the leagues most talented players all free agents.

So far, only three players have departed from Park Avenue, although more are expected to leave over the summer. Highly-rated 16 year old striker Alex Samuel has joined Swansea City on a two-year scholarship deal following some impressive performances at the end of last season belying his relatively young age and notched his first goal for Aberystwyth in the Welsh Cup tie against Llandudno Town. Part of the deal is a Swansea City XI travelling to Park Avenue in pre-season for a friendly. Hopefully Samuel will follow in the footsteps of Gwion Edwards, ex-Aberystwyth youngster who was on the bench for Swansea for the last game of last season.

Perhaps a bigger blow was the loss of Steve Cann to Camarthen Town, the stopper known for his eccentricity along with being a formidable shot-stopper in the Welsh Premier League. The task of replacing a goalkeeper with Cann’s ability will be surely a tough task for Morgan over the summer.

And the final player to depart from Aberystwyth is stalwart Aneurin Thomas, affectionately known as ‘Freddy’ by the Aberystwyth faithful, who has retired at the age of 39 following the game against Newtown on the last day of the season. Thomas has been at the club in three spells, his first starting in 1993 and his experience will be sorely missed next season.

The list of pre-season friendlies continues to build too, as Aberystwyth will travel north to Porthmadog to play another of Tomi Morgan’s ex-clubs on the 11th of July before Park Avenue plays host to Wrexham on the 14th of July as they travel down to play Aberystwyth in a pre-season friendly, which will allow Tomi Morgan to put his squad up against a professional outfit as he tries to find his best formula for the 12-13 Welsh Premier Season.