The opening of the January transfer window now doesn`t affect non-League clubs in England, but the JD Welsh Premier still have to abide by its ruling, and some clubs have been busy just a couple of days into the window opening.
Bala Town have announced their first two signings of the window with defenders John Disney and Lewis Short joining from Evo-Stik League Premier side Altrincham
Twenty-five-year-old Disney spent eighteen months at Connah’s Quay Nomads, making forty-seven appearances and scoring on 4 occasions.
A versatile player, Disney can play at right or centre-back as well as central midfield.
His other previous clubs include Hednesford Town, Chester City, AFC Telford United, Northwich Victoria and Stockport County.
Hailing from Cornwall, Disney has represented Republic of Ireland at under-17 level.
Left-back Short started out at Congleton Town. He then moved to Crewe Alexandra before spells at Nantwich Town, Northwich, Airbus UK Broughton and Connah’s Quay.
A player known for his long throws, Short has made almost eighty appearances in the Welsh Premier.
Aberystwyth Town manager Neville Powell has moved quickly to strengthen his squad with the signing of attacking midfielder Tom Owens from Evo-Stik League North side Radcliffe FC.
The 26-year-old hails from Liverpool and he is a goalscoring midfielder, netting 3 times from nine appearances for Radcliffe this season.
He has previously played with Preston North End and FC London before moving to the USA where he played for Michigan Bucks.
The Liverpool-born player currently coaches with Liverpool FC International Academy and has a Master of Communications from Quincy University.
The Black & Greens are awaiting international clearance from the FA and hope he will be able to join the squad for Saturday’s match at Cardiff Met.
Meanwhile, Connah’s Quay Nomads have confirmed the release of Mathias Bakare, John Oyenuga and Melford Simpson.
The trio joined the club in August 2017 following successful trial periods with the club.
Both Oyenuga and Simpson got on the scoresheet for The Nomads with Oyenuga scoring against Cwmbran Celtic in the JD Welsh Cup, while Melford Simpson scored a late winner against Carmarthen Town and also netted another substitute goal against Aberystwyth Town.
Manager Andy Morrison thanked the players following their departures, telling his club`s official website: “I’d like to thank the lads for their time at Deeside – they have been excellent professionals in their spell with the club and Melford popped up with a vital goal at Carmarthen in October that gave us all three points, which come the end of the season could prove all-important”.