Penybont sign Barry Town United stalwart Saddler and Goytre Utd midfielder Hutson

Penybont have further added to their squad with the additions of Barry Town United legend James Saddler and Goytre United defender Curtis Hurtson.

The pair joins Penybont having agreed to the move over the last week. Hutson was confirmed on Sunday, whilst Saddler was confirmed on Tuesday evening.

They have already signed defenders Oli Dalton and Sam Rodon, as well as attacker Luke Borrelli.

The duo could make their debuts for the club in Penybont’s next scheduled pre-season fixture, at home to STM Sports.

Hutson joins from Division One side Goytre United, whilst Saddler joins having played in Barry Town United’s first season back in the Welsh Premier League.

Hutson’s former clubs include Caerau Ely and Port Talbot Town.  He was previously on the books of Football League side Newport County.

Penybont manager Rhys Griffiths said: “Curtis is an exciting player who can play any attacking role. His pace has caused us problems in previous seasons and he’s also scored a few against us.”

“When he got in touch it was an obvious move to bring him in. Both players will add to what is shaping up to be a very strong squad.”

Saddler joins having made 17 appearances in the Welsh Premier League last season. In total, he made 256 appearances for Barry, scoring seven times. He made his debut for the club back in September 2010 and had been captain since 2013.

The 26-year-old was part of the Barry Town United side which reached the Nathaniel MG Cup final back in 2017, as well as winning promotion to the Premier League, after winning the Welsh Football League Division One title.

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Saddler’s last appearance for Barry came in a 4-1 Europa League play-off semi-final defeat to South Wales rivals Cardiff Metropolitan University.

“James is someone who comes highly recommended not just as a player but also as a person,” said Saddler’s new boss Rhys Griffiths.

“We felt we needed someone of his type in the squad, so when we heard he was available we made enquiries straight away.” 

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