New Robins defender Ben Bailey is excited by the prospect of Welsh football after almost ten years in the English system.

Bailey completed his move to Latham Park from Hednesford Town on Monday, where he enjoyed two spells since 2007.

In between that he had a season with AFC Telford United, but the 27-year-old is now relishing his chance to have a crack at the JD Welsh Premier League.

The defender said: “I’m delighted to sign for the club, I have heard good things and it is a fantastic set up here.

“I was at Hednesford and just decided it was time to call it a day and look for a new challenge.

“Something wasn’t quite right when I went back this summer, and that was when Chris gave me a call and asked me about coming to Newtown.

“I spoke to him and he was very positive, and after talking to him I couldn’t really say no.

“It was a tough choice to leave Hednesford as I had been there for so long, but I am looking forward to my new challenge in the Welsh Premier League.”

Bailey, who runs his own carpentry business joined the Pitmen in 2007 and played around 300 games for the club.

He didn’t know an awful lot about the league, but had heard good things from players in the league, including Robins midfielder Jay Denny.


"I am known as a no nonsense defender, but I like to play out from the back and that is what I'll be doing.

"Chris has talked about the aim of getting back into Europe, and that is my aim and to be up there come the end of the season."

Ben Bailey

He added: “To be honest, I didn’t know an awful lot about the league but I know a lot of people who do play in the league.

“I heard good things from John Disney at Connahs Quay, and Jay Denny who is here.

“The facilities here are great and the lads have been really welcoming towards me.”

Bailey made his debut in the 6-0 win over Llanfair United last week, and will be involved again this weekend as Denbigh Town visit Latham Park.

The Wolverhampton based defender added: “It was great to see the lads getting the ball down and playing some good stuff.

“I want to play that way, and it was great to see.

“The opposition weren’t the strongest we will face, but it was a good test and the lads did well.”

Bailey is known for being a no nonsense central defender, however he admitted he can play too.

He wants the Robins fans to see both sides of his game, and is hoping he can fire the club back into the Europa League.

He added: “I am known as a no nonsense defender, but I like to play out from the back and that is what I’ll be doing.

“Chris has talked about the aim of getting back into Europe, and that is my aim and to be up there come the end of the season.”

Bailey will wear the number four shirt for the Robins this season.