Newtown completed the signing of experienced football league midfielder, Steve Leslie this week. The 30-year-old Scottish-born midfielder predominantly plays on the left side and has been training with Newtown in pre-season. Leslie came through the youth system at Shrewsbury Town and went on to play 100 times in the football league. Hughes described Leslie as an “experienced and quality player”. Leslie scored seven goals in 103 appearances for Shrewsbury in a six-year spell, before eventually departing in 2012.
Hughes stated; "Steve will add to what we already have and his experience is going to be a big plus for us.”
Newtown's fourth new signing of the summer is Jake Cook, who has joined from Guilsfield. Cook scored a total of nine goals for his former club and was originally a product of the Stoke City academy until 2015. He signed for the Huws Gray Alliance side before a move to Airbus the following season. After leaving Airbus UK Broughton after a short time, he returned to Guilsfield before signing for Newtown in July 2018. The 22-year-old can play anywhere at the top of the pitch and has been training with Newtown for the past month.
Speaking of his new signing, Hughes described Jake as a, “technically really good player who has done well in pre-season.” Hughes also stated that Jake had been one of the “standout performers” for Guilsfield, especially in the past few seasons, and that Cook had “really impressed” him during pre-season. Newtown AFC are delighted to confirm the signing of Jake Cook, and the fans should look forward to watching him showcase his skills in the upcoming season and in the future.
Newtown have also announced the signing of Sam Phillips from Wolves. The 19-year-old spent ten years at Wolves prior to his spell at Haughmond and in the Swedish second division with FK Osterund.
Phillips described himself as a player who, “likes to score goals”. Phillips had also represented Wales at youth level, and is looking to bring that, and his experience in Sweden, to The Welsh Premier League. Phillips has scored a few times in pre-season, since joining and is an exciting prospect for the club.
The new trio join ex-Aberystwyth Town and Bangor City midfielder Damien Allen and defender Ben Bailey as the five current new arrivals at Latham Park for the new season.
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