Tony Bird (right in League Cup action against Caersws) has left Cardiff Grange Quins to join Bath City
FORMER Swansea City and Barry Town striker Tony Bird has left Cardiff Grange Quins to sign a one-month deal at Southern League Premier Division outfit Bath City. The 31-year-old, who has considerable experience in Irish football, signed for Carmarthen's Uefa Cup campaign but did bot play in either of the ties against Longford and moved to the Leckwith Stadium, where he has made just one Welsh Premier League appearance. Bath manager John Relish moved for Bird, who has also played for Cardiff City, Cheltenham Town and Kidderminster Harriers, after a proposed transfer to Conference outfit Forest Green fell through. "I've known Tony for a long time and I'd been monitoring the Forest Green situation just in case," said Relish, who also manages the Welsh semi-pro side. "We've been trying to keep it quiet because a lot of clubs would have been interested in him so I'm very pleased that he's signed. If everything works out alright over the month we'll sign him on a more long-term contract. "Tony's got lots of League experience. He's good at holding the ball up, he works hard and he's good in the air," enthused the Bath boss. In 1996/7, Bird scored 42 Welsh Premier goals in a season for Barry Town.
9 September 2005