WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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BANGOR City have secured a permanent deal for Brayden Shaw, who impressed during the first half of last season while on-loan from Accrington Stanley, while also adding defender Tom Kennedy to their squad.

The 20-year-old midfielder scored three goals from his 18 Welsh Premier appearances for the Citizens and was named as the league's player of the month for December.

Shaw was a member of Bury's North West Youth Alliance League title-winning side in 2014/15, scoring 13 goals in 11 games, before signing professionally with The Shakers in the summer of 2015. Denied a breakthrough into the first team ranks at Gigg Lane, he joined Stanley in January 2016 on a short-term deal after impressing during a one-month trial and made his debut at Oxford the following month.

Subsequently, he made several appearances in Stanley's run to the League Two Play-Off semi-finals, before joining City in August last year and has rejected the offer of a new deal with the Reds to return to Wales.

Bury-born Kennedy, 31, began his career with his hometown club the Shakers, progressing through the youth ranks to sign his first professional terms in 2003. Following in the footsteps of his father Keith, he made 143 league appearances for the Gigg Lane outfit before transferring to local rivals Rochdale in 2007.

In a three season stay at Spotland, he made a further 137 Football League appearances, scoring nine goals, and was named in the PFA's League Two team of the season in both 2009 and 2010. Kennedy moved to Leicester City but, with first team opportunities limited, found himself loaned to Rochdale and Peterborough United.

He then signed for Barnsley in 2012 and made 68 appearances for the club during a two-year stint at Oakwell before being reunited with former manager Keith Hill at Rochdale for the 2014/15 season, making 41 appearances over two seasons with loan spells at both Bury and Blackpool.

Released by 'Dale last summer, he joined AFC Fylde and was a member of the squad that won promotion to the National League.

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18 October 2017

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