DECLAN PARTS COMPANY WITH SEASIDERS

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Cambrian News photographer - Declan Walker celebrates scoring for Aberystwyth Town.

Aberystwyth Town FC has confirmed that influential club captain Declan Walker has parted company with the JD Welsh Premier League outfit.

Cambrian News reported “The versatile 27 year-old had joined Aber in July 2017, having impressed as part of Neville Powell’s Bangor City team, before injury curtailed his career at Nantporth.

After missing close to 18 months of football due to his knee injury, he then linked up again with Powell and went on to finish his first season at Aber as the top scorer with 14 goals from full-back.

Having helped Aber to reach the Welsh Cup Final in 2018, the marauding defender was named as club captain last season, and played in several roles and positions.

The Seasiders have also revealed that they are set to add two more players to their squad for next season.

The club has confirmed that Ben Birch will be joining from West Midlands League champions Tividale, where the 23 year-old scored six goals in 41 games last season.

Described as a ball-playing centre back, who is comfortable with the ball at his feet, he also played a major role in set plays for the Midlanders.

Birch was with Cheltenham Town from the age of 8, and at 17 he signed a pro contract at Mansfield Town, and went on to play in Australia for the 2016-2017 season. His previous clubs also include Redditch and Stourbridge.

Meanwhile right midfielder Alex Boss is also set to join the Seasiders, having been one of Bangor City’s best performers in last season’s Cymru Alliance campaign.

A product of the Citizens’ Academy, he has also played for Holyhead Hotspur and is noted for his quick pace and direct play. Still only 19, he has been tipped to have a bright future in the game.

Several members of last season’s squad are also set to remain at Park Avenue next season, with goalkeeper Terry McCormick and talented winger Ryan Edwards being the latest players to commit.

McCormick was recalled from retirement after a chance meeting with Nev Powell, and he came in to make a number of outstanding performances in helping the Seasiders to ensure an eighth place finish.

The 35 year-old began his football career with Tranmere Rovers, spending five years at Prenton Park before playing for Marine, Skelmersdale and Bamber Bridge.

He halso represented Connah’s Quay, where he was club captain, and Bala Town.

Ryan Edwards also joined last season and can operate on the wing or in central midfield, which makes him another strong addition to Matthew Bishop’s squad.

He adds a wealth of experience to Aber’s squad having previously played in the Welsh Premier for The New Saints, Connah’s Quay, Cefn Druids, Bala and Airbus UK.

He played a pivotal role in the Saints’ record-breaking 27 straight league victories in the 2016/17 season, and despite being just 24, he has already made well over 100 Welsh Premier appearances.

Other players to have committed are Geoff Kellaway, Mathew Jones and Lee Jenkins, as well as Wes Baynes, Ryan Wollacott, Marc Williams and Paolo Mendes – and new signing Les Davies.

Striker Davies, aged 35, guided Bangor City to Welsh Premier title glory in 2011, and a hat-trick of Welsh Cup wins between 2008 and 2010″ here.

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