Cardiff Metropolitan University make triple signing as new students enrol

Cardiff Metropolitan University have added Alex Lang, Esa Aalto and Matt Neale to their squad ahead of the upcoming Welsh Premier League season.

The Archers have seen just one player in Josh Barnett leave the club, as three students enrol at Cyncoed Campus.

Alex Lang of Swansea City and Esa Aalto, who has been studying in Texas add to the goalkeeping ranks, whilst Matt Neale from AFC Bournemouth also joins.

“We are delighted to announce the signings of Esa Aalto from Texas, @alex_lang1 from Swansea City and @matt_neale11 from Bournemouth FC. Welcome to the Archer family. said Cardiff Metropolitan Univerity, as they confirmed the signings on social media.

Aalto and Lang’s arrival coincides with the news that first-choice goalkeeper Will Fuller, will require an operation on his quad.

Aalto has previous playing experience with FC Inter Turku and Pargas IF, before enrolling at The University of Texas. He is studying Sports Psychology in the South Wales capital.

Matt Neale was released by English Premier League side AFC Bournemouth last season before joining Vanarama National League South side Poole. In total, the 20-year-old made seven appearances for The Dolphins in the sixth tier of English football last season, scoring once.

Neale who operates as a winger had signed a professional contract with the Cherries in 2016 and had been at the club from the age of nine.

18-year-old Lang joins from recently relegated Swansea City. He played a total of 31 times for Swansea City last season, keeping five clean sheets for the young Swans.

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Despite not playing in the final, he was part of the Swansea City side that won the FAW Youth Cup.

All three players have already begun pre-season training and have mingled with the current players at Cyncoed Campus. The Archers also signed Bangor City youngster Guto Williams to a season-long loan.

(Featured Image: Abigail Davies of Cardiff Metropolitan University FC)

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