THERE has been some top, top transfers taking place on the Isle of Anglesey already this summer and with the new season just over three weeks away from kicking off I think it’s time to take a look at some of the best.
Here, I have chosen the top 50 who I think could make a difference for their clubs in various divisions throughout Wales during 2018/19. These are in no particular order, but nevertheless, should have a huge impact on their new clubs next season. Enjoy!
1. James Ryan – Bryngwran Bulls to Caergybi (Anglesey League)
Let’s kick things off with the biggest signing of the summer in the Anglesey League.
Ryan hit 54 goals for The Bulls last season and was runner-up to Cybi’s Gary Jo Owen who hit 58. The latter has also re-signed at Millbank this season and so if those two can combine well then defenders will be having nightmares trying to contain them both.
Ryan is a strong forward who will no doubt contribute his fair share of goals to Dale Moffat’s side this season as they look to take the title home.
2. Craig Moore – Trearddur Bay United to Bryngwran Bulls (Anglesey League)
Bulls manager Richard Owen has moved quickly to try and replace Ryan at Cae Ysgol and Moore could be the man to do just that.
The lively forward finished the 2017/18 campaign as the now-defunct Trearddur Bay’s top scorer in Welsh Alliance Division One and so he will no doubt create problems three leagues below this season.
3. Nik Kontodios – Valley to Bryngwran Bulls (Anglesey League)
Another great move for Bryngwran in this lively summer transfer window.
Kontodios (pictured in red above) was quietly brilliant for Barry Rowland’s Valley side throughout last season, operating as a tireless central midfielder.
He should fit in effortlessly at The Bulls and will compete with the likes of Andrew Bailey, Iolo Jones and fellow new signing Makr Hamblin for a starting place.
4. Elliot Patterson – Caergybi to Valley (Anglesey League)
Valley too have reacted quickly after losing a big player to a rival club.
Patterson, who was a regular in Caergybi’s starting eleven last season, will provide some bite to their midfield and should prove to be a vital player for them as they look to improve on their third place finish in the league.
5. Harry Galeotti – Llangefni Town to Holyhead Hotspur (Huws Gray Alliance)
Galeotti has improved year upon year and is one of the island’s hottest prospects so it’s no surprise that Hotspur have signed him.
Anglesey’s “premier” side right now play their football in the Huws Gray Alliance (Second division) and so it will be interesting to see where the young striker can fit in in Darren Garmey’s squad this season.
Having played for the likes of Glantraeth and Llangefni Town, he certainly has quite a bit of experience of playing and scoring at a high level already despite still only being 19 years old.
6. Chester Lloyd – Beaumaris Town to Arriva Bangor (Anglesey League)
Lloyd is an experienced defender who should add some solidity at the back for Arriva this season, alongside veteran Stephen Edwards.
Manager Kevin Jones has moved quickly to sign him up after Beaumaris Town folded as a club.
7. Matt Reynolds – Aberffraw to Bryngwran Bulls (Anglesey League)
This one may have gone unnoticed by many, but make no mistake about it – Reynolds will end up being a great signing for The Bulls.
The central midfielder’s creativity going forward should prove to be a vital component for Richard Owen’s side who will be hoping to win the league this season.
Having played regularly for Aberffraw for several seasons in the Welsh Alliance, I’m certain his experience and relentless running in the middle of the park will prove useful.
8. Ashley Jones – Llandegfan to Bodorgan (Anglesey League)
Versatile player who has returned to Cae Cob after a season with a struggling Llandegfan side.
The 21-year-old was mainly deployed in central midfield for Llandeg last season but he will most likely be played out wide for Bod this time around and should add some quality to their ranks.
9. Caio Hywel – Llanberis to Holyhead Hotspur (Huws Gray Alliance)
21-year-old Bangor City academy graduate Hywel is a great player.
Having been in Liverpool University for three years, the defender has been playing for Llanberis FC when coming home at weekends. This season though he will be looking to break into the Hotspur starting eleven.
10. Danny Roberts – Llangoed Reserves to Llandegfan (Anglesey League)
It’s no secret that Llandeg were missing a player (or two) who aren’t afraid to stick the boot during 2017/18. In Roberts though they have that player now.
Although he didn’t feature all too regularly for Llangoed Reserves last season, the 23-year-old is certain to be a standout star in the heart of Llandegfan’s midfield during 2018/19.
11. Danny Connolly – Bodorgan to Gaerwen (Welsh Alliance Division Two)
Bodorgan vastly improved when Connolly arrived at the club midway through 2017/18 as his quality and leadership within the team gave them a huge boost.
The striker ended last season with 17 goals (scored some of those for Hotspur Reserves too) and so it was obvious that “bigger” clubs would come calling for him.
In came Gaerwen to snap him up to add to their impressive collection of attacking talents. I’m sure that he will stand out for The Auctioneers in Welsh Alliance Division Two this season.
12. Hari Jones – Bryngwran Bulls to Llanerchymedd (Welsh Alliance Division Two)
Jones was arguably the Anglesey League’s best defender last season.
He was an absolute rock in the heart of Bryngwran Bulls’ solid defence and was always vocal and strong in the air. I fully expect him to be just as pivotal for Llanerchymedd too and he should become part of their starting eleven.
13. George Hibbert – Trearddur Bay United to Caergybi (Anglesey League)
Dale Moffat has pulled off quite a few strong signings this summer and Hibbert could prove to be one of those who shows his true class.
He’s a midfielder who never stops running for his team and having played at a much higher level, he should find the Anglesey League a stroll.
14. Dave Parry – Llanllyfni to Llandegfan (Anglesey League)
Another thing that Llandeg were lacking last season was a traditional strong striker up top who can hold the ball up well. That is just the type of player that Parry is.
Having played and scored a handful for the only club worse than Llandegfan (in terms of points in North Wales football) last season aka Llanllyfni last season (0 points), Parry has impressed in training and pre-season for Llandegfan – hitting three goals in hist first three games for the club.
He’s a forward who never stops running and is great in the air too – he should be one to watch this season as Llandeg look to start a revival.
15. Deion Evans – Bodedern Athletic to Llanerchymedd (Welsh Alliance Division Two)
The hometown hero returns for Llan.
It’s no secret that Evans is one of the best footballers to come out of the village of Llanerchymedd over the past few years and so I have no doubts that staff and players will be looking forward to having him back there.
The 23-year-old is an attacker who will bring some flair and some goals to Tan Parc during 2018/19.
16. Marvin Pritchard – Llanrug United to Llangefni Town (Welsh Alliance Division One)
Midfielder who isn’t afraid to get stuck in and has a lot of experience of playing at Welsh Alliance level, having turned out for the likes of Llanrug, Llanberis, Glantraeth and Llandudno Junction in the past.
He will add some quality to a Llangefni side that is already packed full of talent.
17. Ben Wright – Llangoed Reserves to Bodorgan (Anglesey League)
A highly versatile player who featured regularly at Llangoed reserves and the first team last season.
Wright will no doubt add some quality to Bodorgan too as he has shown by impressing in pre-season.
18. Nathan Lewis – Bryngwran Bulls to Cefni FC (Anglesey League)
Anglesey League newcomers Cefni will be looking to spring a few surprises this season and Lewis may just be the man to help them do just that.
The striker netted 11 goals (mostly as a sub) for Bryngwran Bulls last season and will be looking to lead the line for his new club during 2018/19.
19. Jack Griffiths – Amlwch Town to Bodedern Athletic (Welsh Alliance Division One)
A very talented young player who will add even more quality to Bodedern’s frightening attacking options.
Griffiths is pacey and has en eye for goal too, so should fit in effortlessly at Cae Ty Cristion this season.
20. Jamie Roberts – Conwy Borough to Holyhead Hotspur (Huws Gray Alliance)
Another talented attacking youngster who has played at a high level with the likes of Connah’s Quay, Glantraeth and Conwy Borough.
This time around 20-year-old Roberts, who has also represented Ynys Mon at the Island Games in the past, rejoins Hotspur after previously wearing the club’s colours in 2015/16. He should provide them with some creativity going forward.
21. Nathan Evans – Bryngwran Bulls to Bodorgan (Anglesey League)
The Bodorgan management team tell me they are excited about this transfer and rightly so.
Evans is a centre back who has impressed greatly in Bod’s pre-season friendlies and he’s clearly a quality defender to add to their squad.
22. Chris Scank – Holyhead Town to Caergybi (Anglesey League)
Another one of Dale Moffat’s impressive transfers for Cybi during the summer.
Scank is a top quality defender with lots of useful experience having played for Holyhead Town for a few seasons and so he will be a great addition to the Caergybi squad.
23. Mark Hamblin – Valley to Bryngwran Bulls (Anglesey League)
The Bulls’ midfield looked strong last season, but it now looks even more impressive heading into 2018/19.
Hamblin was a part of the Valley set-up for several years and has been a standout star for them in the middle. Bulls manager Richard Owen was impressed by him when his side faced them last season and he was quick to snap him up this time around.
He hit a hat-trick in his last ever game for Valley against Pentraeth Reserves in a game they won 8-1.
24. Alan Mark Owen – Llanrug United to Llangefni Town (Welsh Alliance Division One)
Owen is a powerful striker who will undoubtedly bang in the goals for Llangefni this season. He scored an incredible 71 goals in just 114 appearances for Llanrug before so you can’t deny that he knows where the goal is.
He previously played for Caernarfon Town, Caernarfon Borough and Llanllyfni and has a great goalscoring record at Welsh Alliance Division One level so Llangefni seem to have got themselves a top notch forward here.
25. Darren Lewthwaite – Beaumaris Town to Gaerwen (Welsh Alliance Division Two)
Lewthwaite last played for Beaumaris before they decided to fold as a club and in the past he has been a regular goalscorer for clubs such as Pentraeth and Menai Bridge Tigers.
He returns to another one of his former clubs, Gaerwen, for 2018/19 and should add some pace and goals up top.
26. Liam Morris – Gaerwen to Llangefni Town (Welsh Alliance Division One)
Llangefni have managed to bag themselves one of the most sought-after attackers on the island here.
Morris was a real handful for Gaerwen in Welsh Alliance Division Two last season, scoring a number of goals, and so he shouldn’t find the transition to one league higher all too difficult.
27. Jerome Sillence – Llanerchymedd to Bryngwran Bulls (Anglesey League)
Bulls manager Richard Owen has pulled off some great signings in this transfer window and Sillence could prove to be the best.
The 20-year-old striker finished as Llanerchymedd’s top scorer in Welsh Alliance Division One last season and is a highly talented and sought after player.
With both he and Moore dropping down a few leagues to play up front for The Bulls this season it looks as though they’re guaranteed to fire in the goals.
28. Cameron Slater – Llangoed Reserves to Arriva Bangor (Anglesey League)
Llangoed Reserves’ Player of the Season for 2017/18 has committed himself to Arriva for the upcoming season and he will add some grit to Kevin Jones’ side.
Slater (pictured in yellow) never stops working hard for his team, can score a goal, and is just as comfortable at centre mid as he is at centre back. He could end up being one of the signings of the summer if he gets the chance to show what he can do.
29. Danny Camilleri – Pentraeth to Menai Bridge Tigers (Gwynedd League)
Striker who was lively for Pentraeth last season, grabbing himself 11 goals.
He returns to former club Menai Bridge Tigers for 2018/19 and adds to Sean Brett’s talented attacking options and will no doubt score some goals.
30. Matthew Roberts – Llandegfan to Bro Goronwy (Gwynedd League)
Llandegfan’s Player of the Season for 2017/18 has made the step up to the league above with a side that should go on to win it.
Despite being in the side that shipped the most goals (by far) in the Anglesey League last season, Roberts consistently stood out with his performances at centre back and so to me its no surprise to see a team from a higher division snap him up. Here’s hoping he gets the chance to show what he can do at Cae Nerys too.
31. Gavin Sharpe – Llangefni Town to Llanerchymedd (Welsh Alliance Division Two)
Another one who returns to Tan Parc for the 2018/19 season, having spent time at a higher level.
Sharpe is a highly-talented midfielder who will add a creative spark and most likely goals to Meirion Grieves’ side.
32. Lee Heywood – Llangoed Reserves to Bryngwran Bulls (Anglesey League)
Last season’s Anglesey League Goalkeeper of the Season (and AFE’s!) has made the switch to The Bulls after Llangoed Reserves folded.
Heywood pulled off a number of stunning saves throughout 2017/18 and earned himself several Man of the Match awards along the way too. After Roy Sayle and Gwynfor Williams retired, Bryngwran needed a keeper and in Heywood they have the best one in the division at this moment in time.
33. Iwan Williams – No club to Pentraeth (Welsh Alliance Division Two)
After Danny Camilleri left, it was vital that Pentraeth manager Mat Parry moved quickly to try and replace him and it looks as though he has done just that by capturing forward Williams.
Williams will bring some pace and an extra threat to their attacking options this season. He can play anywhere across the front three and brings with him a wealth of talent and experience from playing in the Welsh Alliance.
34. Shaun Lock – Beaumaris Town to Menai Bridge Tigers (Gwynedd League)
Striker who was the main attacking threat and top scorer in a Beaumaris side that struggled greatly last season and subsequently folded.
Lock is yet another brilliant attacking option in this Tigers side and will no doubt provide them with goals as they look to spring a surprise in the race for the Gwynedd League title.
35. Tom Verburg – Llangoed Reserves to Bryngwran Bulls (Anglesey League)
23-year-old left back (Pictured central in red) with a wise head on his shoulders.
Verburg has played in higher leagues in the past and has looked the part for The Bulls in pre season so far. He is always comfortable on the ball and is a good leader too, as he’s never afraid to shout during a match.
He can also play in midfield so his versatility could put him a cut above the rest during the 2018/19 campaign.
36. Jamie Ryan Jones – Amlwch Town to Bro Goronwy (Gwynedd League)
Bro have snapped up a great player here.
Attacking midfielder Jones adds even more quality to an already top class list of midfield players at Cae Nerys and will be looking to play regularly alongside the likes of Sam Regan, Liam Griffiths and Taylor Jones.
37. Matty O’Hara – Llanerchymedd to Amlwch Town (Welsh Alliance Division Two)
Amlwch’s future may be uncertain at this moment in time, but nevertheless they have managed to sign a brilliant forward this summer.
O’Hara has turned out for the likes of Cemaes Bay and Llanerchymedd in the past few seasons and has always scored goals no matter where he goes. His switch to Lon Bach should prove to be no different – providing the club continues into the 2018/19 season that is.
38. Tristan Hughes Holyhead Town to Caergybi (Anglesey League)
A quick and energetic winger who can also play in the middle of the park and will undoubtedly be another great addition to Dale Moffat’s side.
Hughes has been playing his football with Holyhead Town for the past few season and so he will also add some experience to the Caergybi side.
39. Karl Moorhouse – Beaumaris Town to Llandegfan (Anglesey League)
After conceding over 120 goals in the league last season, it’s fair to say that Llandegfan needed to sort their defence out for 2018/19. Moorhouse will help do that as he is an experienced goalkeeper who can lead a team from the back.
Having played for the likes of Beaumaris and Menai Bridge Tigers, the 36-year-old has signed on at Lon Ty Newydd for 2018/19 and should provide a safe pair of hands between the sticks.
40. Sion Emlyn Davies – Llanfairpwll to Bryngwran Bulls (Anglesey League)
Young and energetic full back who has shown promise whilst playing for Llanfairpwll and for The Bulls in pre-season.
Davies should be one to keep an eye on this season as he looks to break into Bryngwran’s starting eleven.