TREARDDUR BAY are set for a return to action in the 2022/23 season – and they are now announcing who they have signed ahead of that comeback.
The club, which has won countless pieces of silverware in the past, last existed during the 2019/20 season when they played as Trearddur Bay Bulls having merged with 2018/19 Anglesey League champions Bryngwran Bulls.
Now they return looking to make an instant impact on North Wales Coast West Division One (tier five) where they are most likely to compete (league structure not confirmed yet) during the 22/23 season.
Here’s a quick look at some of the signings they have made so far …
Kicking things off in style with a top drawer goalkeeper.
Druce was part of that Bulls side which won the AL in 2018/19 and a season later was voted the Gwynedd League Player of the Season during a campaign cut short by the Covid pandemic.
Before that, the 28-year-old had also been a skilful winger, scoring 23 goals for Valley Athletic (now Y Fali) back in 2017/18 in the Anglesey League.
Druce arrives at TBay from Gwalchmai who he made 22 North Wales Coast West Premier appearances for in 21/22.
Whilst there, he also scored while playing outfield in a 3-3 draw with Pwllheli.
A very versatile player and one of the best keepers around at lower league level when on top form.
Exciting young player who agains can play in a number of positions.
17-year-old Davies enjoyed a fine debut season in senior football on a personal level with Llangoed.
The club may have struggled overall in North Wales Coast West Division One but Davies played in most of their matches throughout the campaign and really stood out.
Mainly playing as a defender, he made 24 appearances across all competitions and show plenty of heart, never shying away from a tackle.
One of his finest games came as he provided a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over Cefni.
He’s a fearless player for his age and one who should have a very bright future ahead in the game.
A player who first caught the eye in what was his first season in senior football back in 2018/19.
Eaton was then 16 years old and playing for a very exciting Hotspur Reserves side in the Anglesey League.
Back then, the centre back kept the likes of the prolific James Ryan, who was the 2018/19 Anglesey League top scorer with a record-breaking 74 goals for Caergybi, quiet when Hotspur took them on that season.
In 2019/20, Eaton added goals to his game as he popped up with an impressive seven goals as Hotspur finished third in the Anglesey League.
Still only 19, he has now moved on from Hotspur Reserves – where he also played for the first team several times – and will no doubt play a huge part in his new challenge with Trearddur Bay in 22/23.
Another product of the Hotspur youth set-up and a player who many – including myself – have had many a great thing to say about.
Midfielder Doutch, also 19 years old, has also made appearances for Hotspur’s first team previously and at such a young age already has plenty of experience under his belt.
Much like Eaton, he was a much admired part of Tom Scott’s Reserves side in the Anglesey League where he was really given a chance to shine.
He’s a player with great technical ability and is tireless at working in that midfield. He should prove to be a top signing.
Another former Hotspur player who has previously been a Welsh Alliance One winner and will again bring in some vital experience at TBay.
McGinness, who will both coach and play for the club, can play anywhere across the defence and arrives from North Wales Coast West Division One club Caergybi.
While there, the 29-year-old made 27 appearances across all competitions, scored two goals and provided four assists.
He joins the club alongside brother Mel and will provide some solidity in the defensive department of the team.
Without doubt one of the greatest goalscorers on the Isle of Anglesey of recent times.
And attacker Mel’s name was well and truly written into the history books when he fired Ynys Môn men to gold back in the summer of 2019.
Deceptively quick and strong despite his small stature, the 32-year-old has been one of the island’s best finishers for several seasons whilst with Holyhead Hotspur.
He holds the ball up very well, has of the best first touches around, and pounces onto any mistakes defenders might make.
Mel, a former Bangor City, Porthmadog and Llangefni Town player also, has scored well over 200 goals mostly at a high level for Hotspur – even playing and scoring as high up as the JD Cymru North (tier two).
Now he arrived at TBay as a player-coach and we can no doubt expect to see him score plenty next season.
Another experienced name to add to the TBay list and one who the younger players can no doubt learn from.
39-year-old Haigh’s name has appeared on the scoresheet countless times down the years and he was – at one stage – one of the best finishers around.
In 2011/12 when playing for Trearddur Bay he scored 33 goals. A season later, whilst with the very talented Morawelon side, he scored 44 goals.
Even in what, I believe, was his last full season in football (back in the Anglesey League in 2018/19), Haigh, then playing for Valley Athletic, finished that campaign with a hat-trick in an 8-0 win over Bodorgan.
Having played just one match for Holyhead Town in 21/22, he now returns to Trearddur Bay looking to make an impression once more.