Druids have signed former Wrexham FC academy player Ben Barratt. The towering centre half has impressed the scouting team at Druids since his return from injury with Buckley Town. A no-nonsense centre half, excellent in the air and happy with the ball at his feet who is young, hungry and has a desire to play at the highest levels possible, Barratt will partner the returning Phil Mooney in a very solid back four that will include a returning Stef Edwards and Jake Buckle.
With the offer to loan the highly rated keeper Dawid Szczepaniak stalled, Druids have promoted one of their academy players, who according to well informed insiders at the club, is highly rated and one for the future.
Former Stockport County player Harry Brazel returns to the midfield and is joined by former Wrexham academy players Iwan Cartwright and Aaron Simpson. The attacking options include Naim Arsan, ex-Colchester FC player Charley Edge and former York hitman Jamie Reed.
Talks are still ongoing with several players from last season and Druids Chairman Des Williams isn’t wasting time.
“We haven’t been sat down watching the world go by, we’ve researched the market and identified players that fit our new philosophy” said Williams.
“A number of our initial targets are holding out for bigger salaries that will never happen in this current climate and I wish them all the best. We want players that are hungry and have a desire to train and develop and use the Cymru Premier League as a stepping stone to much bigger things” added Williams.
Druids are still looking to bolster their squad and have a number of options currently available.
“We need another 4-5 players to bolster the squad and give us cover and we are talking to a few players and hoping to make a number of announcements shortly” added Williams.