The club are delighted to welcome an experienced Matty Williams to Newtown AFC from Llandudno FC.

 

The Robins are also happy to announce that Jake Mann has signed up to the first team from the Under-19s squad and could make his debut against Connah’s Quay on Saturday (KO 2:30pm).

 

The signings of both Williams and Mann makes them the club’s 4th and 5th signings in the January transfer window alongside the new arrivals of George Hughes (On-loan from Shrewsbury Town), Sam Barnes (Bangor City) and Porya Rio Ahmadi (Aberystwyth Town).

 

Mann’s step up to the first team follows the path of Will Evans who was also picked up from the Under-19s squad.

 

Four out of the five new signings are available for selection ahead of Saturday’s JD Welsh Premier League match while Williams is out with a shoulder injury.

 

Matty Williams

 

Newtown manager Chris Hughes explains the Williams deal had come down to the player’s experience and quality to the game.

 

He said: “Matty Williams is very experienced, every time I have seen him play for Llandudno he has probably been Llandudno’s best player.

 

“He was very good against us just before Christmas. We know all about his qualities, his record is second to non in the league in terms of what he has won and we wanted to bring that experience and his quality to the fore.”

 

Newtown fans may remember Williams playing for The New Saints in the 2015 Welsh Cup final by scoring a brace to help TNS beat the Robins on our turf at Latham Park.

 

Williams has one impressive CV which saw his football career begin at Manchester United in 1999 at the age of 16 and stayed with the reds for five years.

 

In 2004, Williams moved to Notts County and would go on to make 26 appearances and score a single goal for the oldest football club in the world.

 

Tamworth then followed including a loan spell at Burton Albion in 2008 before his Welsh football adventures began at Rhyl in 2008.

 

Williams would stay with the Lilywhites for a couple of years after being featured in 57 matches and finding the net 29 times before a transfer to The New Saints.

 

His six year spell at TNS would see Williams go on to experience UEFA Champions League football as well as winning a number trophies including the Welsh Premier League, the Welsh Cup and the League Cup.

 

In 2016, Williams left TNS for rival league side Connah’s Quay which would only last a year and then go and play for Llandudno from 2017.

 

Matty Williams’ goal vs Newtown (December 2018)

 

Jake Mann

 

The Newtown boss is also looking forward to the new arrival of Jake Mann who has impressed in the development team at the Robins.

 

Hughes said: “Jake Mann has done really well for the Under-19s, Jake is a very good young player so it is important having those experienced players but having young Jake in there – it’s good to have Under-19s players see that if you do well then there is a path way to the first team like Jake and Will Evans.

 

“So there is an opportunity to progress so that’s important.

 

“We were a bit light in numbers but I’m delighted with what we’ve brought in and I’m looking forward to seeing them all play.”

 

The club skipper Craig Williams has also been very impressed with the young man and is delighted to Mann take a step up to the first team: “As Under-19’s coaches but also first team players, myself and Neil Mitchell are delighted to see an Under-19’s player step up to the first team squad.

 

“It shows the pathway is there now at Newtown, which hopefully motivates more and more players to work hard to get the same opportunity.

 

“Congratulations to Jake and I hope he takes his chance!”


"Matty Williams has probably been Llandudno's best player this season."

Chris Hughes