Caernarfon Town boss Williams praises early transfer business
Caernarfon Town manager Iwan Williams has stressed the importance of the club completing their transfer business early.
Williams who led the Canaries to a Huws Gray Cup win last season has so far signed four players, with three of those players plenty of experience at this level.
Despite the league season still being some time away, pre-season is edging ever nearer, so having his targets at the club will help the settle in at the club.
“It was important because I wanted to nail down the whole squad before our pre-season programme starts. We had a fair few comings and goings last year and it disrupted us a little.
With the new signings made to go along with the players who have already committed it means that when we’re back in for testing in a couple of weeks time we can focus on our fitness programme, our formation, playing style and the task in hand.”
Williams knew of his plans at the end of last season and with the 16 point gap between Caernarfon and Prestatyn, it was the case of looking to strengthen.
“The players I targeted at the end of last season, I’ve managed to sign. I wanted an experienced core and I’ve managed to get that in Rhys, Evo and Griffo. Ryan Williams has also signed this week and from what I gather he will be some signing. After finishing the league 16 points behind Prestatyn I will always look to strengthen so never say never.”
The target for the season for Caernarfon will be to get the club back into the Welsh Premier League after an eight year absence from the top flight. Caernarfon did of course win the Cymru Alliance two seasons ago but the Cefn Druids went up in their place.
Williams has said that the experience of the three players at this level will definitely help Caernarfon in their quest and despite the age of Ryan Williams, being a local lad he’ll want to achieve promotion with the club.
“The first three signings have vast Cymru Alliance experience coupled with Welsh Premier and European experience so that will stand us in good stead. Ryan is young and talented but is also a Cofi so knows how much we want to get this club back to the WPL and what it means.”
All four players though fit the bill in terms of character and professionalism which is what I’m hoping will help grind us through a very tough looking league next season.”
As what is part and parcel of football, there will be departures from The Oval as the club make signings and the Cofis boss says there won’t be room for sentiment when assessing his squad.
“Obviously we’ve already retained some of last years squad but have given no one reassurances. We’re going to be ruthless and relentless this year so pre-season will be very competitive. So far we’ve only had one confirmed departure due to being unable to commit with a couple more expected to follow, but that’s football.
We have an idea of the squad we want for the first game of the season but it’s up to the players to show us that they want to remain at Caernarfon Town Football Club in which I know they will.”
With so many quality teams in the Cymru Alliance next season, the task of getting promoted is one that the Caernarfon boss is looking forward to.
“It’s developed into a fantastic league with fantastic players involved. The challenge ahead of us and how strong the league is excites me. All teams will be capable of beating each other which is why we’re adopting a strong mentality in our preparation. I can’t wait.”
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