AFTER half a season with Aberystwyth Town, defender Will Bell has returned to Bala Town – but the Seasiders have moved to sign three new players right on transfer deadline day.
The Cambrian News reported “A Liverpool-born central defender who captained the Under-17, Under-18 and reserve sides at Morecambe, Bell was loaned to the Lakesiders for a season in 2014, a move which was made permanent a year later at Maes Tegid.
Bell then joined Colwyn Bay on-loan in November 2015, but was recalled in January 2016, before leaving Maes Tegid in June 2016 and signing for Aberystwyth Town, where he made 14 (+4) Welsh Premier appearances from a career total of 44 (+5).
Aberystwyth, however, have strengthened by signing midfielders Dafydd Jones and Malcolm Melvin from Newport County and Halesowen Town respectively, along with right back Dylan Rees from Cardiff City.
Jones hails from Ebbw Vale and was a free agent after leaving Newport County at the end of December.
Despite making the subs bench twice he did not appear for County this season, and has spent the majority of 2016/7 on loan at Monmouth Town, where he made a very good impression.
A product of the Newport County academy, he made his senior debut for Newport in the Football League Cup first round match versus Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2015.
Melvin has represented Scotland Under 17s, Under 18s and Under 19s and has also played for Walsall, Crewe, Aston Villa, Notts County, Barwell, Sutton Coldfield and Halesowen Town in his career to date
Described as a combative midfielder, the 21 year old is known for his excellent free kicks, and has scored seven times in 67 appearances for the Pitmen.
Pembrokeshire based Rees, meanwhile, is an energetic right-sided defender who spent a decade with the Cardiff Bluebirds.
He signed a first year scholarship deal with City four years ago, before earning a professional contract in May 2015, going on to score the winner for Cardiff in a pre season friendly at Carmarthen that summer.
Rees had spent eight years making progress through the Cardiff City Academy, while he completed BTEC qualifications equating to two A’ Levels plus his level two coaching badge.
Rees played regular under-21 team football until his release from Cardiff last year.
A former Ysgol Greenhill School pupil, he started playing for Tenby AFC before joining City.
He travelled regularly from West Wales to Cardiff for a number of seasons before taking up a Bluebirds’ football scholarship and moving to be closer to the club.
Aberystwyth Town’s Under 19s squad players Dan Hopton and Sion Ewart have also been promoted into the first team squad” here.