Aberystwyth Town are pleased to announce a further three retentions for the 2021/22 JD Cymru Premier season, as defender Rhys Davies and forwards Richy Ricketts and Jonathan Evans commit to the club for another term.
20-year-old Rhys joined us last summer from Hereford FC having completed a 2-year scholarship at Shrewsbury Town between 2017-19, enjoying loan spells with Nuneaton, South Chippenham Town, and Merthyr Town.
Rhys made 19 appearances last season, scoring both his goals at Park Avenue – one vs Cardiff Met in the season opener and the 2nd vs Bala Town in December. Rhys featured primarily as a left-back but filled in well at centre-half when called upon, demonstrating his flexibility on the pitch.
Rhys told us:
“I’m looking forward to getting back to show everyone what I personally and we, as a team, can do. I think we have a good chance to progress and build on the positives of last season to get the club into the Top 6 where it belongs”.
18-year-old Richy joined the first team in 2019 following an impressive pre-season after scoring and providing an assist vs Llanidloes Town. He was rewarded with a 20-month contract in October 2019, committing him to the club until the end of 2020/21.
In 2019/20, Richy made six starts and appeared four times from the bench before joining Penrhyncoch for a short-term loan in January 2020, though opportunities were limited given season curtailment in March 2020. Last season, the youngster made five appearances and provided one assist after a surging run down the left flank, supplying Jack Thorn with a tap-in for a 4-0 away trouncing of Cefn Druids in October.
“I’m very happy to have signed for another season – I hope to prove myself and get more First Team action this coming season. As a local boy, I’m pleased to have come through the academy and progress into the First Team squad. I can’t wait for the season to begin now and push for that Top 6 place!”
28-year-old Jonathan signs on for a 4th season in Black and Green over three spells since 2011. A Town academy product who represented Welsh Schoolboys and U16 sides in his early career, Jonny made 25 appearances last season scoring four times from both wing spots and centre forward.
A particularly memorable strike came in October, with a weak-footed equaliser vs Flint Town finding the top corner, right in front of his dad Mel on the famous Mid Wales Travel double-decker! Highlights of that game can be seen HERE.
“I jumped at the opportunity to sign with Aber last season purely because I felt that there was unfinished business from my previous spells at the club. Since then, I’ve met some fantastic players and it’s great to see so many local boys involved.
We finished last season well and I was really happy to contribute with some goals and graft! This year I believe we can push the Top 6 if we fulfil our potential – with Corbs, Bari, and Gari in charge anything is possible as they are the best in the business. I’m buzzing to get going and see what this season brings, and I will be very proud to put on the shirt in front of the Green Army and hopefully give them lots to cheer!”
Welcome back to all three!