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JD CYMRU PREMIER side Bala Town have today unveiled former Wales international Dave Edwards as their latest signing.
The 35-year-old midfielder signs with the Lakesiders having been released by his former club and English Football League One side Shrewsbury Town.
During a successful career in the game, Edwards has racked up more than 500 EFL appearances for Luton Town, Wolves, Reading and Shrewsbury Town (on two separate occasions).
He has also played in the top five divisions of English Football, right down from the National League to the very top in the Premier League, in which he spent three top-flight seasons with Wolves.
The central midfielder has also scored more than 70 goals in his career, three of those coming in the 43 caps he earned for Wales between 2007 and 2017.
Edwards also represented Wales at the 2016 European Championships, in the historic side which defied the odds to reach the semi-finals. He then retired from international football in 2018.
In joining Bala Town, he becomes the third member of that Euro 2016 squad to currently be playing in Wales’ top-flight, along with David Cotterill (Barry Town United) and Jazz Richards (Haverfordwest County).
At Maes Tegid, Edwards will re-join former teammates Chris Venables and Steven Leslie, who all played together in the youth system at Shrewsbury Town.
Talking about his new signing, Bala Town boss Colin Caton said: “It’s great to have Dave Edwards on board, he’s an unbelievable signing and an unbelievable capture for the club. I spoke to Dave on a couple of occassions while Charlie (My Son) was training with Shrewsbury, we had a couple of good chats but never thought he’d be interested in the Cymru Premier”
“He’s been great with Charlie since he’s been at Shrewsbury and asked him (Charlie) a couple of questions about the Cymru Premier before the end of the season and asked about Bala, he was sort of deciding then whether he was staying full-time or part-time. He was obviously interested in playing part-time so I sent him a message earlier after the season had finished to give him time to think about it”
“To get him on board is absolutely fantastic, he’s played with Chris Venables before (During their time at Shrewsbury Town) and he knows a couple of the lads like Antony Kay who he’s played against in the leagues. He was a pleasure to deal with, and he’s going to add so much to us as a player, as a person, and his knowledge, and his experience around the dressing room is going to be second to none.
“It’s a great capture for us and a pleasure to have him joining the club”
A fantastic signing – not just for Bala Town – but for the JD Cymru Premier itself also as it will no doubt help to boost the league’s profile that little bit further once again as another former Wales star takes to the league’s respective pitches in 21/22.