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Wayne EvansFORMER Football League defender Wayne 'Wanners' Evans has agreed to come out of retirement and answer an SOS call from Newtown.
The Robins' squad is down to the bare bones for the visit to The New Saints on New Year's Day, with TNS loanees Craig Whitfield, John McKenna and Sean Jones ineligible to play.
In addition, midfielder Shane Sutton is suspended, the Welsh Premier's all-time leading scorer Marc Lloyd Williams is unavailable due to work commitments, and new signings Robbie Millington and Tom Rowlands are not able to be registered in time.
The 39-year-old Evans made 173 Football League appearances for Walsall and a further 259 after joining Rochdale.
He also played a season in the Conference with Kidderminster Harriers and, after a year out of the game coaching with TNS and in the USA, he joined hometown club Welshpool where his brothers Gary and Ian were also former players.
Evans first appeared in the inaugural season of the League of Wales for Llanidloes Town back in 1992/3 and returned to play a few games for his hometown club Welshpool in 2006/7.
His Newtown debut will be against TNS manager Mike Davies, who is a close personal friend and the duo coached the Saints' academy together a few years ago.
"Wayne signed as cover at the start of the season and agreed to help out should there be selection problems," says Newtown manager Andy Cale.
"Well we certainly have selection problems for the TNS game and it will be great to have him in the squad."
Evans is one of three footballing brothers - Ian and Garry both played for Welshpool and Llansantffraid in the domestic league - and spent time coaching in Canada before returning to coach at Shrewsbury Town this season.
"With so many games to catch up on during January it is important that we have a bigger squad so there will be arrivals next week, while the rest of the players have an opportunity to prove themselves in the next few games," added Cale.
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