Bluebirds continue to strengthen squad

By County Echo Reporter in Football

DEFENDER Sam Rodon has become the latest player to sign for Welsh League side Haverfordwest County, after spending last season with Aberystwyth Town.

The Bluebirds beat off competition from a host of Welsh Premier and Welsh League clubs for the services of the 24 year-old product of the Swansea City Academy.

He had followed his former County manager Wayne Jones to Park Avenue a year ago, and had made 27 league appearances for the Seasiders last season.

Capped by the Welsh Schoolboys Under 18s level, Rodon also captained the Welsh Colleges Under 19s and first joined the Bluebirds from West End in August 2013, quickly becoming a firm favourite at the club.

He won the Players’, Manager’s and Supporters’ Player of the Year awards and made 30 Welsh Premier League appearances in 2015/16, scoring three goals.

“The Bluebirds were keen to see him back at the Meadow to partner captain Sean Pemberton at the heart of defence, and are delighted to have secured his signature,” said a club statement.

“This ambitious signing shows that the club mean business, adding yet more quality to a line-up that looks increasing impressive.

“We would like to welcome Sam back, and wish him a successful season.”

Meanwhile Conah McFenton also put pen to paper for the Bluebirds this week.

McFenton is a highly rated young goalkeeper, who is currently a keeping coach at the Cardiff City Academy.

“He has previously been at Port Talbot and Llanelli, but he has been unlucky with injuries in recent times,” commented a club statement.

“He says that he is hungry to establish himself with the Bluebirds, and everyone at the Meadow is delighted to have secured his signature, ahead of other rival clubs.

“We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Conah and to wish also him well for the coming season.”

Greg Walters has also committed his future to the club, having returned to the Bluebirds following a short spell at Aberystwyth last season.

Walters had been instrumental in helping the Bluebirds achieve a fourth place finish in Welsh League division one last season.

His usual midfield drive and tough tackling were supplemented by his seven goals, and the Bluebirds will hope for more of the same.

Last week the County Echo also revealed that former Bluebird Declan Carroll had also returned to the club after a season playing with Carmarthen Town in the Welsh Premier League.

Following on from the recent announcement of Sean Pemberton and Ricky Watts as captain and vice captain respectively, the club has also confirmed that Steffan Williams, Kristian Speake, Mathew Broome and Ashley Bevan have also committed for another season.

Former Bluebird Tim Hicks has returned to the club as assistant manager, to support Sean Cresser after joint first team manager, Chris O’Sullivan stepped down as the joint manager.

Friendlies have been arranged way against Aberystwyth Town on 22 July, Penrhyncoch at home on 29 July, Llantwit Major at home on 5 August and Carmarthen Stars on 8 August.

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