IT’S BEEN a busy summer of transfers already on Anglesey, with players coming in and out of several clubs.
With plenty of new clubs rumoured to be joining the league and Cemaes Bay recently confirming their return, it’s no doubt going to be important for the teams who are already in the league to strengthen and add new faces to their ranks.
So, here I give you just ten of the best switches so far in no particular order. I have picked players who I think will have the biggest effect on their clubs during 2018/19.
*PLEASE NOTE that this article contains NEW signings only so doesn’t include people who have re-signed at their clubs from last season (such as Gary Jo at Cybi, Andrew Bailey at Bulls, etc.)
James Ryan (Caergybi from Bryngwran Bulls)
Probably the biggest shock move of the summer so far.
Forward Ryan was in inspired form last season, netting 54 goals and finishing second only to Caergybi’s Gary Jo Owen (58 goals) in the goal scoring ranks.
He was pivotal up front for Bryngwran in several games and even scored in the Lucas Oil Cup final as his side marched to victory over Mynydd Tigers.
Ryan and Owen had 112 goals between them last season so if they can learn to play alongside one another this year, we could be looking at a lethal strike-force at Millbank.
Craig Moore (Bryngwran Bulls from Trearddur Bay)
If you thought that The Bulls were going to struggle filling the James Ryan shaped void up front, then you were wrong.
Manager Richard Owen moved quickly to snap up Craig Moore, who had been an important player whilst playing two leagues above with Trearddur Bay United last season – finishing as their top scorer.
The 26-year-old striker previously played for Bryngwran in 2015 and hit over 20 goals, so he’ll no doubt prove to be a handful this season in my opinion.
George Hibbert (Caergybi from Trearddur Bay)
Not to be outdone by Bryngwran, Caergybi have also signed a man who was playing at a much higher level last season.
Hibbert is a talented midfielder who will certainly strengthen that Caergybi eleven and will help turn them into real contenders this year.
He never stops running in the middle of the park and is a great passer of the ball too. he also has a good eye for goal and is versatile so will slot in well alongside the likes of Luke McKittrick and Liam Williams.
Keep an eye out for this one!
Lee Heywood (Bryngwran Bulls from Llangoed)
AFEFootballNews’ Goalkeeper of the Season for 2017/18 has made the move to The Bulls too and is looks as though he’s very likely to be their new number one as Roy Sayle and Gwynfor Williams have both retired from the game.
With Llangoed Reserves deciding to fold as a team at the end of the season, it was no surprise to hear that many clubs were chasing Heywood’s signature.
He had kept Dewi Williams’ side in many a match last season and earned himself several Man of the Match awards along the way too.
He will be a top signing for a Bryngwran side who nearly always look solid at the back.
Mark Hamblin (Bryngwran Bulls from Valley)
It’s easy to see who’s been the busiest two teams so far isn’t it? it might be early days but both Caergybi and Bryngwran are killing it when it comes to the transfer window.
Hamblin has been a key player for Barry Rowlands’ Valley side for a number of seasons now and apparently caught the eye of Bryngwran gaffer Richard Owen with some fine displays against his side last year.
He is very much a player who can use both his feet and he bagged a hat-trick in his final match for Valley against Pentraeth Reserves.
He will certainly provide some competition in that midfield area.
Plenty more signings to come and from what I’me hearing through the grapevine there’s some pretty big ones in the making.
Keep an eye out on the blog for the full list of transfers from Anglesey League/Anglesey-based teams dropping soon!