LLANIDLOES Town boss Hugh Clarke has further strengthened his hand for next season by bringing forward Richie Evans to the Mid Wales Club.
Evans has become the third player to join the Daffs from Spar Mid Wales League division one rivals Carno - following Ashley Owen and Drew Reynolds.
Evans is no stranger to Victoria Avenue, where he arrived for his first spell in 2012, and Clarke is backing the 28-year-old to make his mark again.
“He is a natural goalscorer, is confident in front of goal, and will help bring on some of the younger players in the side,” said the Llani manager.
“He is one of the better forwards in the league and locally, and we’re delighted to bring him here. With three new signings, and the whole of last season’s squad re-signing, it will bring more competition for places.
“I’ve had a few more phone calls from players wanting to come training with us, so there could still be one or two more new signings if I think they will strengthen the squad.”
Evans came through the academy at Aberystwyth Town before switching to Newtown, where he helped the club’s reserve side to the Spar Mid Wales League title in 2009.
His other clubs include Machynlleth and Penrhyncoch, while he started last season with Caersws, before switching to local rivals Carno
His arrival follows the signing of Carno team-mates Ashley Owen and Drew Reynolds the week before.
Owen is an attacking midfielder, while Reynolds - son of former Llani player and ex-Caersws stalwart Colin - can play centre half or in midfield.
“We’re one of the biggest clubs in mid-Wales, the club is on the up, and it’s great that two local lads want to join us,” said Clarke.
“The club’s a good place to be, with a great committee and fan base. There is also a fantastic atmosphere through the team, with players wanting to learn and progress.
“We finished fifth last season, but we are better than that. We are capable of beating anyone in the league, and I believe we can be there or there abouts next season.
“We did not have a big squad last season, so competition for places will keep players on their toes.”
With the squad taking shape for next season, the Daffs will be looking to challenge for honours after finishing in fifth position last season.
Pre-season training resumes on Thursday, June 29, with the first of six friendlies this summer being at home to Corwen on Saturday, July 22.
Further friendlies are away to FC Oswestry Town on Tuesday, 25 July (7.30pm) and home to Hereford Lads Club on Saturday July 29 (2.30pm).
That is followed by the visit to Victoria Avenue of Rockfield Rangers on Tuesday, 1 August (8pm), before hosting Penrhyncoch in an annual charity match on Saturday, 5 August.
Their final friendly is at home Abermule on Tuesday, 8 August, before the Spar Mid Wales League season gets underway on the Saturday.
The club have ambitions for a return to the Cymru Alliance, with a big investment on improving the pitch at Victoria Avenue taking place this summer, while new floodlights will be installed in the next 12 months.