After a hectic period leading up to transfer deadline day at the club, we take a look at our new additions and how the squad is shaping up for the season ahead.
After some great performances and wins at the beginning of the season against Ruthin and Holyhead, we were dealt a blow when two of our midfielders Ben Maher and Ross Weaver picked up unfortunate injuries. Two key men in the middle of the park for us, it was clear to the club we needed to add depth to the squad to keep us on track.
It has been a busy and positive transfer window for Druids. Exciting attacking midfielder Josh Lock arrived at The Rock on loan from The New Saints. We also brought in James Webb, an experienced centre half to bolster our backline and play alongside Phil Mooney. A key area we needed to add to was in midfield and Daniel Edwards also signed for the season. A great addition as Danny has experience in Welsh football and the higher tiers in England with Salford City and Burnley. Finally, we gained quality up top as we try to add more goals to our performances. Callum Stephens signed for the club and will hope to hit the ground running!
We spoke to manager Neil Ashton about our transfer business and his thoughts on the squad moving forward:
“We are really glad to get the players in to boost our depth and quality, and to ensure we have competition for places. It has been difficult for the squad to settle due to lengthy international clearances and then injuries. But we are working collectively to integrate the new players into the squad and show them how we want to play to help us perform to the level we know we can.”
We are in action this Saturday at The Rock in round four of the NEWFA Mens Senior Challenge Cup against Castell Alun Colts. As it is a local cup competition, the coaching staff may decide to rotate the squad to give our new players some minutes and a chance to settle in.
Overall, it has been a busy period for the club and coaching staff, but we are happy to have our squad finalised with still a long season ahead. The deadline day signings will add great quality to the team and we look forward to seeing them all in action. There is still the task for them to settle in and gel with the squad, but the coaches and senior players have great experience in getting us playing as a team and working hard to have a positive season!
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