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ALTRINCHAM full backs John Disney and Lewis Short have returned to the Welsh Premier League with Bala Town.

Both were close-season signings for Alty from Connah's Quay but Disney sustained an ankle injury which restricted his appearances, while Short made 13 starts and three substitute appearances.

Cornish-born Disney represented the Republic of Ireland at Under-17 level while with Stockport County and then joined Northwich Victoria in the summer of 2010 but twice suffered a broken leg and, after helping the Vics to promotion, joined Hednesford Town.

Again part of a promotion-winning side, he attracted the interest of Chester but, after a loan spell with Nantwich Town, moved to AFC Telford United. He returned to Hednesford at the start of the 2015/16 season, joining the Nomads in January 2016 and making 29 (+3) WPL appearances, scoring three goals.

Short is a former professional with Crewe Alexandra who joined the Gresty Road outfit in August 2010 after impressing during a three month trial from Congleton Town. He joined Nantwich Town on a month-long loan in November 2010 before leaving Crewe to join Northwich Victoria.

Short then signed for Nantwich Town in the summer of 2012, leaving for Airbus UK Broughton in January 2013. He returned to Nantwich in May 2015 but returned to the WPL with Nomads in May 2016 to complete a total of 69 (+8) WPL appearances, scoring three goals.