Afan Lido have responded to their 5 – 0 home defeat to Undy Town on the weekend with 3 fantastic signings. They currently sit 11th in the WFL1 table having gotten 7 points from their first 6 games.
From their standards, their start has not been good enough. They have had a few youth players breakout into the first team this season however, including the promising 16 year old, Noah Daley who made his senior debut away to Cambrian and Clydach and helped Lido to a 2 – 1 comeback victory with a brilliant brace. He has not lost his place in the starting XI since and has been a big part of Lido’s development.
But to add to their growing side, they have made some big signings and made a huge statement to the top of the division. These signings were all confirmed in today, and we’re just 2 days away from their vital local derby with Goytre United at the Marstons.
Their first signing came from the sparsely populated country of Iceland. Alex Gammond will get a permanent trip back home to Wales as he’s signed for Lido coming from KF Ægir who were recently relegated from their division in Iceland and now play in the 5th division of Icelandic Football. He may be moving from a club that we’re slightly lower in quality, but he did play in a stadium with a capacity of around 1000. So he is no stranger to pressure, and can bring a different style of football to the club. He did begin his footballing career at Afan Lido but now he returns with the hope of success.
The second of the new men comes from former division one side, Llanelli Town who are now in the Welsh Premier League. James Parry is the man on the move to the Marstons. The wing back has also played for top quality opposition such as Penybont who are currently top of the WFL1. As well as that, he played a few miles down the road for Port Talbot when they were in the WPL themselves. So he brings obvious quality, experience and a good reputation. It is certainly a signing of intent from Lido.
Finally, Ben Thomas has come back to the club after a spell in division 3 with the Welsh Cup winners of 17/18, Trefelin. Signing a player from you’re local rivals after he went to them from you is a bold move, but it could prove a crucial one. Like the other two signings, he is not to be underestimated and like the other two, he has represented BGC Wales in an international match against Scotland, as well as some tournaments over in Germany.
These three signings are all registered and could feature in the match against Goytre United. They’ve come from two sides of Wales and another side of Europe, but what can they bring to Afan Lido this season? We might find out quicker then you think and if you’re a Lido fan, you can only be optimistic about the club’s future now.