NORTH Wales Coast West Division One side Bontnewydd have received a major boost in their quest for success in tier five this season as midfielder Simon Kay returns to Cae Stanley.
Simon Jones’ Bont side has been made up of players who are, for the most part, teenagers this season and they have impressed greatly already.
Now, in Kay, they have a vastly-experienced head who can guide them well in the middle of the park.
‘Josie’, as he’s known, is a central midfielder who arrives back at Bont after spending the 2019/20 season and this season to date with Mountain Rangers.
During the last season, Rangers finished runners-up in the last-ever Anglesey League campaign, pipped to the title on PPG by Cemaes Bay after Covid-19 meant the season could not be completed in its usual format.
Kay was captain during that campaign and contributed 13 goals along the way.
The 36-year-old is a highly-experienced player who has appeared at all levels of football in North Wales and brought a wealth of knowledge, influence and talent along with him to Cae’r Gors last season. That will now be to Bont’s benefit during the rest of the 21/22 season.
Kay once played for Caernarfon Town when they were a League of Wales side, just as they are now. He made his debut for The Cofis in 2002/03 before going on to make a handful of appearances for the club.
He then made the switch to Cemaes Bay and later to Glantraeth, both of which were, and still are, well-respected clubs. He spent two seasons at the latter and was a member of their memorable Alliance League and Cup double winning side of 2005/06.
Another highlight during a glistening career for Kay came in May 2009, when he captained Llandudno Junction to the club’s first ever piece of silverware. He also scored a goal in that 3-1 win over Rhyl Reserves to earn the club the Barritt Cup in a final held at Bangor City’s Farrar Road.
A spell with Bethesda Athletic then followed for the midfielder before he returned to play for Caernarfon Town in 2010, under the guidance of Clive Jones. He made his full debut in a 4-4 against Glan Conwy and again scored a goal in the game.
He finished that season with 32 appearances and two goals to his name, helping the club on to a fifth place finish in the league and winning the Barritt Cup after beating Nefyn United 2-1 in the final).
Further spells at Bontnewydd, Bethel, Nantlle Vale and Llanrug United followed before he joined the Rangers’ revolution in the summer of 2019.
Speaking upon returning to Bontnewydd, Kay said: “I can’t wait to get started playing with the lads that are already here. With more than half the squad under the age of 19 they have done well playing fantastic football and getting great wins against Vale and Llanberis in the last month.
“The facilities here are great with the pitch looking better than it has ever done and I do believe we have the squad, manager and backroom staff so we can push this great club onwards and upwards to the level it should be.“
A top quality addition for Bont.