Aberystwyth Town are delighted to announce the return of academy product, Welsh Premier Development League champion and ex-Welsh Schoolboy international Harri Horwood. The 22-year-old left-sided player returns to Park Avenue after spending the 2021/22 season with Penrhyncoch, with previous spells at Cardiff Met University and Briton Ferry Llansawel.
A pacey and tenacious left-back with experience further forward, Harri progressed through Town’s academy and was an integral part of the Black and Greens’ hugely successful double-winning U19 Development squad of 2017/18 that became the first squad in club history to win a national title. Lead by Town legend Bari Morgan, assistant Iwan Roberts and captained by current Seasider Jack Rimmer, the youngsters beat The New Saints at Latham Park to claim their first of two consecutive titles, before lifting the Central Wales FA Youth Cup two weeks later against Rhayader FC.
As well as representing Town’s youth team, Harri featured for Penrhyncoch of the JD Cymru North, further aiding his development and progression to senior football. A regular under Town legend Gari Lewis, Harri’s first spell at Cae Baker was headlined by an away brace vs Ruthin Town, securing The Roosters’ league status in 17/18 despite a travelling squad of just 12 with several starters missing the game.
On the international stage, Harri amassed 14 appearances in a Cymru shirt across schoolboys and academy level, including a 0-2 win to retain the John Coughlin Memorial Cup vs the Republic of Ireland, where Harri netted the opening goal at Graun Park - a squad including fellow Seasiders Alex Pennock, Lee Jenkins and Liam Doherty.
In 2018, Harri made the move to the capital to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University where he spent a season with Met before joining Briton Ferry Llansawel for the 2019/20 season, playing alongside ex-Seasider and fan favourite Mark Jones before season curtailment in March 2020. Harri joined The Archers for Phase 1 of the 2020/21 season before re-joining the Seasiders in January 2021, however he was limited to just three bench appearances in Phase 2.
Harri returned to The Roosters for the 2021/22 season, making 28 total appearances and scoring twice - featuring in all but two games all season as Penrhyn finished in a very respectable 9th place in the JD Cymru North.
Harri told us:
"Believe it or not, last season was only my first full season of senior football, so I can't thank Fred, Sion and the Penrhyn boys enough. It was by far the most enjoyable and rewarding season I've had in football that made me fall in love with the game again!
Taff's a great manager with great ideas. From our time together at Met, it's clear to see he has exciting plans for an attractive style of play that we can't wait to show the fans next season.
For me personally, I'm looking to pick up where I left off last season, playing regularly along the left side and contributing to the team where I can. I know this is my third stint at the club but hopefully this time around I can showcase to the fans what I can offer to the squad."
First Team Manager Anthony Williams said:
"I've known Harri for a number of years from his time at Cardiff Met. He needed time to develop his game through regular senior football, and last year proved that he now has the ability and consistency to perform in the Cymru Premier, so we're delighted to add him to the squad."
Croeso adre, H! / Welcome home, H!