Evo-Stik League Premier club Warrington Town have signed two players at opposite ends of the experience scale in Phil Baker and Caleb Richards, who joins on loan from SkyBet League One side Blackpool.
Amazingly, Baker has won the Welsh Premier championship no less than eight times!
The experienced 34-year-old centre-back Baker was an integral part of The New Saints’ squad for over a decade, and was twice named in the Welsh Premier `Dream Team`.
Last year he was awarded the Dafabet Welsh Premier League clubman of the year award.
Baker made his Welsh Premier debut for Bangor City in 2003, joining the Farrar Road club from Tranmere Rovers, but left after a short time to join League Two outfit Exeter City.
Baker returned to the Welsh Premier with Aberystwyth Town in 2003/04 and made thirty-two appearances for a Seasiders side who finished fourth and represented Wales in the UEFA Inter Toto Cup tie against Dinaburg Daugavpiils of Latvia.
After a brief spell with Droylsden, he re-joined Bangor City in September 2004, where he made twenty-eight league appearances in 2004/05.
He joined The New Saints, where he has established himself as one of the Welsh Premier’s most successful defenders of all time, with 340 league starts.
After appearing against APOEL Nicosia in the UEFA Champions League Second Qualifying round last summer, Baker moved to the top of the all-time list of Welsh Premier players who have appeared for their clubs in European competitions.
He has appeared in a record thirty-one games in Europe, including matches against Liverpool, RSC Anderlecht, CSKA Sofia and Legia Warsaw.
Left-back Richards signed professional terms with Blackpool in April.
The 18-year-old was under-18 captain last season and had a taste of first-team football.
He has signed a deal which run until the end of the 2018 season and includes options to extend by a further twelve months.
Richards is no stranger to the non-League game, having spent time on `work experience` in November 2016 with Warrington`s league rivals Marine AFC.
Richards made his wire debut in the 2-2 draw with Lancaster City.