The #CamArmy are delighted to announce 2 new signings for the JD Cymru South campaign for 2019/20 and beyond. Kyle Jones and Connor Young sign from Nepean FC in the State 1 League in Australia. Both are subject to international clearance.
Centre Midfielder Kyle Jones, who left us towards the end of the 18/19 season for a short stay in Sydney, has re signed for the club. Kyle, who can also play in central defence....featured in the famous win vs TNS and also in the Nathaniel MG Cup final. He was a prominent player last season as we ended finishing runners up behind Penybont last time around. The Academy product said "I am delighted to be coming home back to Wales, and back to my 2nd home at Cambrian. I have been at the club since u14, so when i decided to come home there was never any thought about signing for anyone other than Cam. The club, the gaffer and the group of players are special. I have been keeping up to date with the news back home from my mother who has still been helping out at the games."
Connor signing is a real coup for the club. Connor also left for Australia with Kyle, and prior to leaving was a mainstay in the Merthyr Town team in the English Pyramid. Youngy goes down in folklore at the club, as he was the first ever player from the Academy system to sign professional terms, when he signed for Cardiff City FC. The towering centre back gave us his views.....
"I cant wait to get home and get going again. I am really looking forward to going back to the #CamArmy and hopefully help push the team forward. I really enjoyed my short loan spell at the club, The Academy gave me the opportunity to progress and develop as a 13/14 year old....and I can't wait to give something back to what is a truly unique set up."
Manager Dane Williams "We are delighted to have Kyle back. He is a Cam player through and through and was a massive player for us last season. We are looking forward to having him back in the group with all his mates. I am over the moon to get Connor in with us. He is the perfect player we are looking for, he is a local boy with bags of quality and a real hunger to improve and progress. We are excited to have him back with us and no doubt he will settle in straight away as he knows the club inside out from his time at the Academy and his loan spell here previously."
Director of Football Mark Morgans added "Dane has completed some wonderful work here and credit to him. After the departure of Joe Evans and David Thomas, he highlighted these 2 players as the primary targets he wanted to replace them. Kyle and Connor are positionally like for like compared to Joe and David. The pleasing thing for me again though is the buy in from players who have been here before, left for legitimate reasons, but because of their affinity to the club, it's the first place they look at to come back and play football."
"Dane has put together a superb looking squad. We don't expect to see any more faces come in before the domestic window closes but if Dane highlights a player of significant quality who becomes available and the gaffer wants him, we will do all we can to make it happen and give him the support to propel this club forward."
There is 1 more signing at the club, with experienced 'keeper Neil Collins signing on the dotted line, and he is eligible for the trip to Goytre United on Friday.
Some outgoings.....Dane & Mark have been working hard with local clubs to get our promising youth players a taste of senior football and aid their development. They will all continue to play for the JD Cymru Premier Development team.
Regan Fear - Pontyclun FC
Finn Jones - Blaenrhondda FC
Chad Goss - Blaenrhondda FC
Morgan Rowling- Aberdare Town FC
Joe Thomas - Blaenrhondda FC
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JD Cymru South 2019/20
david thomas & joe evans leave the #camarmy
The CamArmy can announce that we are to lose 2 key players of the 1st team squad. Centre midfielder and current club captain David Thomas along with centre back stalwart Joe Evans have both decided to join up with JD Cymru Premier side Cardiff Met for the 2019/20 season.
In a move that will see both boys continue their education at the University, it really doesn't come as a surprise to people within the club, as both players consistently performed to the highest standard last season, especially versus top tier opposition in our run to the Nathaniel MG Cup final, where we lost to the Archers 2-0 in the final.
Dane Williams, Manager of the #CamArmy added "I am so proud to see these lads move on. I am proud to have been a small part of their development in what has been a decade spent at the club for them both. To attain 200 appearances between them at such a young age, plus all the trophies and international accolades they have won while at the club, it really speaks volumes for the type of commitment they have given me, the managers before me and the club in general. I wish them all the very best with the academic and sporting futures."
Mark Morgans, Director of Football echoed Dane's words "Dai and Joe have been superb for the club over many years. I remember both players being part of the Academy system as young ambitious teenagers when I joined 8 seasons ago, I remember both playing huge parts in our successful youth team when we won the treble and reached the FAW Youth Cup Final for the 1st time in our history, I remember both being thrown in the deep end at 16/17 years of age into Welsh League Football and of course who can forget the part they played in the monumental effort last season finishing runners up and going on the magnificent run in both domestic cups. The Academy not only develops players, but it helps develop people.....these 2 are the epitome of what this club is about, we gave them opportunities and they took them with both hands. I think people forget how young these men actually are, they are in the early 20s but they have achieved so much for themselves already in football and they have worn the badge with honour. They are role models for our younger players striving to break into the senior set up.
A big part of their decision is of course the chance to take the next steps in their education pathway. Achieving their academic goals has to come first as a career in football is only short lived, these decisions will ultimately shape their careers in years to come. However, they can also challenge themselves and experience a higher standard of football which is of course a bonus for both boys. I am sure they trust in their ability, as do we, to stake a claim and hold down regular spots in a strong Met team, but as always with any of our Cambrian family, the door is always open if they ever want to return to the Rhondda Valley. Our loss is the Met's gain, they are adding 2 great players to their squad, and more importantly even better men who will serve them with distinction! Joe has been part of our Academy coaching team for a number of seasons and personally its been a privilege to see him develop within this side of the game too, he will go on to become a brilliant coach in the future."
It is not all doom and gloom at the M&P 3G however, we hope to announce a new signing in the next few days and they'll hopefully be eligible for the Nathaniel MG Cup round 2 game vs Aberystwyth Town on Saturday at 2.30pm. Keep your eyes peeled on our social media pages.