Third prodigal son returning to Park Avenue is Porya “Rio” Ahmadi!
Iranian-born Rio is a clinical and mobile striker with previous Welsh Premier League experience after spending spells with Bangor City and Rhyl between 2015 and 2017.
He was Bangor's top goal scorer in the 2015/16 season - netting 8 goals in 29 appearances, and started his footballing career with Sheffield United's Academy. Ahmadi has also spent time playing for Chorley, Droylsden, New Mills, and most notably Salford City, where he scored hat-tricks in consecutive games back in 2014.
Rio was a top performer for the Black and Greens in Phase I last season, scoring five vital goals and proving himself to be an accomplished and skilful finisher at this level, as well as an excellent crosser of the ball. He left the Club to join Newtown in January 2019, but has now opted to rejoin Matthew Bishop’s men.
Rio also boasts a rare accolade shared only with Cledan Davies, as being possibly the only two Aberystwyth Town keepers never to have conceded a goal. His 40 minute spell between the sticks in the opening game of 2018/9, which preserved a crucial three points for the Black and Greens at home to Llandudno still live long in the memory!
Welcome back Rio!