Llanelli boss Bob Jeffrey has understandably been the busiest of managers in the League during this Transfer window and he has added four more players to his squad.
Joining from Port Talbot Town are Jeff White and Dylan Blain, whilst young midfielder Jordan Smith, an-ex Wales youth international, arrives from Haverfordwest County and 21-year old winger Jack McKenna joins from Clevedon Town.
Dylan Blain became the sixth signing of Jeffrey's eventful Llanelli Managerial career last night after making his first team debut in the 2-1 defeat against Swansea City in torrential rain at Stebonheath Park. Whitland born Dylan, started his career at Haverfordwest County, playing 167 Welsh Premier League games and scoring 9 goals, before moving to Port Talbot Town in 2006, staying for 2 seasons and playing 57 league games, scoring 8 goals. Dylan then moved to Newtown for 2 seasons playing 63 league games with a return of 5 league goals, before a move back to Port Talbot brought 44 league games and 2 goals. This included 16 league appearances this season, 15 minutes against the Reds in the seasons opener at the GenQuip Stadium and a full 90 minutes in the live game at Stebo. Dylan will strength the Llanelli midfield and bring much needed experience to the new look Reds side.
Jordan Smith a former Cardiff City and Swansea City Academy product agreed to join the Reds from Haverfordwest County. Capped by Wales at Under 17 & Under 19 level under Brian Flynn, he joined Swansea City in 2009 after a spell with Cardiff City. The central midfield player then spent two years under Tony Pennock's guidance at the Liberty Stadium, playing 12 games last season in the Premier Reserve League against the likes of Arsenal, Newcastle and Chelsea before joining Haverfordwest County last summer to gain first team experience. Jordan aged 19 will be looking to play a central role in midfield in Bob Jeffrey's new look side and build on the promise he has shown so far in his career, with Stebonheath being the ideal platform to establish his ball playing ability on the Welsh Premier League scene.
White became Jeffrey's eighth signing of the transfer window, with just over 24 hours to go. White, 27, will provide the Reds with more fire-power upfront following the loss of Martin Rose and Luke Bowen to Port Talbot and Port Melbourne Sharks respectively. He joined Port Talbot at the start of the season, moving from Welsh League Division Three side Bridgend Street and has played 20 Welsh Premier games this season, finding the net on seven occasions, proving to be an excellent target man at Welsh Premier level. He previously played for Rhoose FC in the South Wales Amateur League as well as representing the South Wales FA. He has come to the Welsh Premier League midway through his career but will be determined to build on the excellent progress he has made at Port Talbot Town this season by firing the goals for the Reds.
Jack McKenna is expected to be the final signing. The 21 year old Bristol born winger, has signed for the Reds from Clevedon Town, with his transfer subject to gaining International Clearance from the Football Association. Jack started his career at Swindon Town, winning the Milk Youth Cup before moving to Bristol Rovers, where he progressed through the youth ranks, breaking into the first team squad for 2009-10 under the management of ex-Welsh International Paul Trollope. The following season Jack spent a two month loan spell with Chippenham Town before leaving the Pirates to join Frome Town. He then had a spell in Bristol with Bristol Manor Farm, before joining Clevedon Town in the Southern League Division One, but a badly broken wrist requiring surgery, led to Jack having a long spell out of the game. Jack has represented English Colleges and is currently a student at Swansea University studying Financial Economics. He made his Reds debut in Tuesday nights friendly with Swansea City, but unfortunately suffered an injury during the first half. He is expected to be fit for the next Welsh Premier game though.
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