Aberystwyth Town are delighted to confirm the return of ever-present midfielder Iwan Lewis for the 2023/24 JD Cymru Premier season! Joining Town last summer from JD Cymru North side Guilsfield, Iwan featured in 3,238 of Town's 3,240 competitive minutes last term!
With experience across the Cymru Leagues, namely at Caersws, Porthmadog and Guilsfield, 29-year-old Iwan starred for the Guils in 2021/22 making 29 appearances and scoring 5 on his way to a spot in the JD Cymru North Team of the Season.
Deciding to make the jump to the JD Cymru Premier following contact from then-newly-appointed Town manager Anthony Williams, Iwan more than proved himself in the division as he made 36 competitive starts out of a possible 36 games, only missing 2 whole minutes of action - being a late substitute vs Flint Town in March.
Many would agree that Iwan's most notable moment came in the biggest (and final) game of the season against Caernarfon Town - with Aber needing to better Flint Town's result to assure Cymru Premier survival.
With 50 minutes on the clock and trailing 1-2, the Cofis' Darren Thomas found himself behind the defence, bearing down on keeper Matt Turner with a golden opportunity to extend the visitor lead and require a 3-goal swing for Town... only for Iwan to recover impeccably and snatch the ball from the feet of Thomas to deny an open goal! And the rest is history...
Deservedly receiving plaudits for this and his efforts throughout the season post-match, Iwan now returns for a second term in Black & Green looking to build on an impressive first top-flight campaign.
Iwan told us:
"Last season was full of highs and lows. Despite picking up several good results, particularly at home, we struggled to find any real consistency until late on in the season. This left us in the precarious position on the final day, but it was testament to the group as a collective to stick together and manage to drag ourselves to survival.
The club has a real tight knit feel with a core group of individuals who work so hard to ensure that everything is in place for us on a match day. The support we received from the fans in both home and away games throughout the season, despite at times being on poor runs of form was tremendous and very much appreciated by us all.
Taking over as manager relatively late on last year, I think Taff had a tremendously hard task of effectively re-building a squad due to several significant departures. With a full pre-season to work in, I’m sure he is looking forward to the opportunity to build on the current squad which will hopefully allow us to progress in the coming season.
I'm delighted to be back and hoping to kick on from last year. In terms of ambitions, I think if we apply ourselves and prepare right each week, taking one game at a time the rest will take care of itself."
Manager Anthony Williams commented:
"Iwan played the most minutes of any player in the league last season for good reason - his performances are always consistent and he is one of the fittest players I've seen in a long time. He is the ultimate professional and was an ever-present in our very strong midfield unit.
Having made the step up to the top division, he has proven his quality and we are delighted to have him with us again this season as a number of clubs were after his signature."
Croeso nôl, Iwan!