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WITH midfielder Mike Parker ruled-out for several weeks with injury, Prestatyn Town have secured the return of Ross Stephens from Caersws.

The 32-year-old Llanidloes-born player who his first Welsh Premier appearances for Caersws in 2003/4 during a loan spell from Shrewsbury Town. Released from the Gay Meadow after a loan period at Redditch United, he then signed for the Bluebirds in June 2005.

A Welsh Under-18 and Under-20 international, Stephens moved to Rhyl in January 2007. However, he decided to quit at the end of the season and signed for Welshpool Town, but moved on to Aberystwyth in January 2009 before switching to Newtown in the summer of the same year.

After a season at Latham Park, Stephens moved to Prestatyn Town in May 2010, spending four and a half seasons at Bastion Gardens before a return to Aberystwyth in January 2015. He left Park Avenue a year later to return to Newtown, but returned to Caersws in July and has so far scored 82 goals from a career total of 324 (+31) WPL appearances.

Also on deadline day, Barry Town United have signed former Cardiff City starlet Macauley Southam, 21, who captained the Bluebirds' Under-18s and also played for the Under-23s before being released in May.

In another deadline day signing, 19-year-old Ryan Leak has been loaned to The New Saints by Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has been a first-choice centre back for Wolves’ Under-23s this season.