Bangor snap up Bala defender Stephens

Craig Harrison has continued his rebuilding of the Bangor City squad ahead of their Huws Gray Alliance season, with the signing of Bala Town defender Anthony Stephens.

Harrison took over the club in May after their demotion to the second tier, having failed to achieve the domestic licence for the JD Welsh Premier League.  However, the former The New Saints manager has begun his recruitment early for the new season.

But, the signing of Welsh Premier League defender Stephens is a massive coup for the second tier side.

Stephens spent his formative years with Wrexham AFC, but was released in the summer of 2015, after loan spells at Prestatyn Town and Colwyn Bay. The defender won the Welsh Cup in 2013 with the Seasiders, but after his release in 2013, secured a move to Maes Tegid.

During his maiden season with the club, the youngster made 35 appearances and found the back of the net on two occasions. As a result of his performances, he was shortlisted for the Welsh Premier League Young Player of the Year. 

The former Wrexham man featured some 29 times in his second term, as the Lakesiders won the Welsh Cup for the very firs time. However, Stephens was ruled out for the rest of the season just last November after an operation on his knee, and now has made the move to recently relegated Bangor.

The left-back is the latest name to join the North Wales outfit, after Les Davies, Robbie Parry, Sam Barnes and Jake Phillips signed on at the VSM Stadium for the coming season.

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Harrison expressed his excitement at the signing of the Bala left-back ahead of the coming campaign.

Harrison told the Daily Post, “It’s fantastic to have Stevo on board. He is a massive signing and someone who is a top young player with almost 100 Welsh Premier League games under his belt and Europa League experience.

He has great ability, is very good defensively and can also bomb forward. He also has a great left foot which will give us balance.

“He is a very good communicator, a leader and organises. He can play left back, left midfield, central midfield and his natural position of left back.

“Stevo gives us great flexibility which is high up on my list when players come to Bangor City.”

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