WELSH PREMIER FOOTBALL

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HALESOWEN Town captain Jay Denny is the latest arrival at Newtown.

After training with the Robins in their first pre-season session at the weekend, Denny's transfer from the Northern Premier League outfit was completed this afternoon.

The 31-year-old was born in Santa Monica, California of English parents and has lived in the UK since 1994. He began his career as a trainee with Stoke City after being spotted playing for Cannock Schools and was awarded an academy scholarship followed by a pro contract. He scored in the match that secured the reserve league championship in the 2003/4 season, and won the Potters' young player of the year award.

After being an unused substitute on eight occasions, Denny was allowed to leave and joined Shrewsbury Town in 2005, where he made 18 appearances, scoring two goals. 

Following his spell with the Shrews, he began a successful career in non-league football, turning out for Brackley Town and Nuneaton, turning down a move to Richmond Kickers in the USA before his first spell with Halesowen in 2007, where he played 98 times.

After a brief spell with Leamington, he re-signed for Halesowen before going on to make over 100 appearances for Hednesford Town, where he was signed by Bernard McNally, who went on to become a successful Newtown manager. After a brief spell with Worcester City, Denny then had a long spell with Solihull Moors, before returning to Halesowen in 2015 and becoming captain of the side.

Newtown manager Chris Hughes first approached the midfielder in January, however Denny decided to stay put and successfully fought-off relegation with his side.

Denny has represented the USA at Under-17 and Under-20 levels, captaining the latter on several occasions.