Scotcher joins Aber, Clarke moves on

By Adam Hughes in Football

ABERYSTWYTH Town’s first new signing of the January transfer window is midfielder Elliot Scotcher from Merthyr Town.

The 22-year-old, who hails from Pembrokeshire, spent time with Ipswich Town and Cardiff City as a youngster, before enrolling at UWIC and becoming a key figure ascent of the Cardiff students from the Welsh League Division Three to the Welsh Premier League.

Following his graduation, Scotcher trialled with Newport County, before signing for the Martyrs in the summer of 2015. He established himself as a key member of the team, but missed the last part of the season with a foot injury.

Returning last summer, he was again ruled out with a shoulder injury sustained last October, and has not featured since.

"We would like to thank Merthyr Tydfil FC for their impeccable professionalism in processing the transfer of Elliot," said a Club statement.

"Everyone at Park Avenue welcomes Elliot to Park Avenue, and we wish him a long and successful career with the Club."

Meanwhile midfielder Joe Clarke has left the Seasiders due to the lengthy travelling commitments from his South Wales home.

He is has transferred to Llanelli, for whom he played as a Youth team player between 2008 and 2011.

Clarke was one of four players to join the Black and Greens from Port Talbot in the summer, and has been a virtual ever present this season with 19 Welsh Premier starts.

He signed off his Aber career by scoring twice in Aber’s 2-2 draw at Newtown last weekend.

"Unfortunately the lengthy travelling commitments have been difficult to balance with Joe’s work and family life," said a Club statement.

"With a young child on the way, he and the Club have mutually agreed that a move is in his family’s best interests.

"We wish him all the best for the future and believe that he will be a real star for his new Club."

The Seasiders have also extended their best wishes to striker to Blake Davies, who returned to his host club Forest Green Rovers, following a loan period at Park Avenue.

Blake made 14 Welsh Premier appearances for Aber, scoring once.

His brilliant goal at Rhyl was shortlisted for Sgorio’s Goal of the Month competition for August 2016.

Aberystwyth Town are meanwhile pleased to announce that young central defender Ryan Wollacott has signed a contract to remain at the Club until the end of the 2017/8 season.

Wollacott, in his debut Welsh Premier season, has impressed through his consistently strong performances at the back for Aber over the past six months.

He is the only ever present Aber player over the first 20 Welsh Premier matches of 2016/7.

Wollacott and his loyal family have travelled from the Worcester area to every game this season.

The news is another boost to Matthew Bishop’s squad ahead of Saturday’s big game against Cefn Druids, following on from last week’s news that striker Luke Borrelli has also agreed an 18 month deal.

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