WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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WELSH Premier duo Wes Baynes and Steff Edwards are among the first signings of the summer for manager Andrew Thomas as Airbus UK Broughton bid for a quick return to the top flight after relegation.

Baynes, 28, worked his way through the academy and scholarship scheme at Wrexham to the first team ranks and went on to make 74 appearances for the Red Dragons. After a loan spell with Altrincham, he joined his hometown club Chester, before moving to AFC Telford United in July 2013.

After a loan spell at Colwyn Bay, Baynes signed for the Nomads in September 2015 and made 55 (+3) Welsh Premier appearances, scoring three goals and also the crucial winner that took his side into Europe for the first time last year, at the expense of the Wingmakers in the Europa League play-off final. He played in all four of the Nomads' European ties last season.

Edwards, 27, is a former Wales Under-18 international who signed for Cefn Druids in August 2008 after previous experience with Gresford Athletic, moving to Welshpool in July 2009, Aberystwyth Town in August 2010 and then Bala Town in June 2011.

He spent three years at Maes Tegid before joining Newtown in June 2014 and has scored nine WPL goals from a total of 175 (+39) appearances, also making four full appearances for the Robins in their Europa League campaign in 2015.

Thomas has also secured a permanent move from Tamworth for Steve Thomassen, who joined on-loan in January, while retaining the services of stalwarts Ryan Edwards and Ashley Williams, as well as youngster Jake Hulley.

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26 June 2017

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