Newtown AFC are delighted to announce the signing of Porya Rio Ahmadi who becomes the third addition in from the January transfer window.
Ahmadi joins the Robins from fellow JD Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth Town after spending half a season at the Seasiders.
Wednesday’s transfer makes it the club’s third signing in the current transfer window alongside George Hughes (On-loan from Shrewsbury Town) and Sam Barnes (From Bangor City).
Ahmadi joins just days before we begin our Phase Two campaign at home to Connah’s Quay on Saturday (KO 2:30pm) in the JD Welsh Premier League.
The Iranian born plays up front and is known as a clinical and mobile striker with plenty of experience at the top flight of Welsh football.
Ahmadi’s Fantastic Free Kick vs Barry Town
His previous clubs include being a top goal scorer for Bangor City in the 2015/16 season with 8 goals and other spells at Rhyl, Sheffield United, Salford City, Chorley and Stalybridge Celtic.
Ahmadi relishes his excitement of joining the Robins: “Really excited to get going. I’ve had a good season so far and I’m looking to finish the season even better.
“I had a chat with the manager (Chris Hughes) a few times over the last week and I liked his ideas and what he wanted from me and I also wanted to challenge myself in the top 6 with that Europa league spot up for grabs.”
With Ahmadi’s preferred position as a striker, we asked if he’s looking forward to playing alongside his fellow attackers that include Luke Boundford and Nick Rushton.
He said: “Yes of course. I’ve played against them a lot in the past few years and I know what they’re all about. I think we can all work really well together and use each other’s strengths to build a good front line.”
Newtown’s qualification into the top 6 for Phase Two could mean a place in the Europa League qualifying stages over the summer, Ahmadi reveals that to be one of the reasons that encouraged him to sign on the dotted line.
“This is one of main reasons why I’m here,” Ahmadi added, “It’s going to be very tough as all the teams are doing really well but every team is beatable in this league and I’m sure with the quality we have here we’re going to be a threat. I can’t wait for Saturday now.”
Welcome to the Robins Porya! 👍
"I had a chat with the manager a few times over the last week and I liked his ideas"