Aberystwyth Town are delighted to announce the signings of 2021/22 JD Cymru North Team of the Season duo Sam Litchfield and Iwan Lewis from Tier 2 side Guilsfield FC. Both 29-years-old, the pair boast a wealth of experience in the Cymru Leagues and now take the opportunity to test themselves in the JD Cymru Premier!
Centre-back Sam joins Town having represented the Guils since 2015, with a short stint at Newtown at the beginning of the 2017/18 season. A leader on and off the pitch, Sam was club-captain at Guilsfield, leading the club to an impressive 3rd place finish last season behind champions Airbus UK and runners-up Llandudno, as well as a Welsh Cup Quarter-Final berth, losing to eventual champions The New Saints. Last season, Sam made 28 appearances across all competitions and found the net on two occasions - and was named in the JD Cymru North Team of the Season through the league's official channels.
Sam told us:
"I used to play in the Ian Rush tournament as a youth and absolutely loved it, so I'm no stranger to Aberystwyth. However, I've never played at Park Avenue which is something I'm hugely looking forward to. It will be a pleasure to play in front of the vocal fans as I know the club is one of the best supported in the league.
I spoke with the gaffer on a few occasions; it was his vision for the club and how he wants to play that convinced me that I will be a perfect fit. The squad was quite young last season, so I'm hoping to bring my leadership qualities to the group and help the club have a successful season.
I'm excited to get going with pre-season now and glad we have four home games to get to know the group, the club, and the fans before the start of the season!"
Box-to-box central-midfielder Iwan joins Town having represented a number of clubs across the Cymru Leagues, namely with Caersws, Porthmadog and most recently Guilsfield. In 2021/22, Iwan starred for the Guils making 29 total appearances and scoring 5 goals on his way to a JD Cymru North Team of the Season spot alongside his teammate Sam.
Iwan told us:
"I'm delighted to be joining one of the most established clubs in the league who have such a great following.
Taff rang shortly after being announced as manager to talk through his plans for the club and the way he wanted to play. It was never going to be easy to leave a group of lads and club like Guilsfield but I felt it was too good an opportunity to turn down.
I'm looking forward to getting back to it ahead of the new season and putting the work in to put us in a good position to start the season!"
First Team Manager Anthony Williams said:
"I'm delighted that Sam and Iwan have chosen to join us as both had offers elsewhere. They will bring heaps of experience and quality to our squad; Sam is a dominant, athletic centre-half and Iwan brings huge energy as a dynamic box-to-box midfielder."
Croeso cynnes i'r ddau! / A warm welcome to both!