Stephens makes return to Blues

Published date: 06 July 2017 |
Published by: Gavin Grosvenor
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CAERSWS have completed their second high profile signing of the summer after welcoming Ross Stephens back to the Recreation Ground.

The 32 year old midfielder returns to the Bluebirds a decade after launching his Welsh Premier career with his home village club in a two season stint from 2005 to 2007 following his release by Shrewsbury Town where he played three first team games.

Following spells with Rhyl, Welshpool Town, Aberystwyth Town and Newtown, Stephens joined Prestatyn Town in 2010 and helped the Seasiders win the 2013 Welsh Cup and a place in the Europa League.

Stephens returned to his Mid Wales roots with a second spell at Aberystwyth Town in 2015 before returning to Newtown last season, playing 14 games for the Robins.

Stephens becomes the second Welsh Premier player to join the Bluebirds this summer and follows in the footsteps of Luke Sherbon who made the switch from Aberystwyth Town last month.

The arrival of Stephens and Sherbon with more than 500 top flight appearances between them has raised expectations the Bluebirds could be set to mount a sustained challenge for Huws Gray Alliance honours next season.

Manager Graham Evans said: “Is great to have a player of Ross' proven calibre and experience wanting to rejoin us and together with the signing of Sherbs, shows that we are aiming to compete at the top end of the table this season. Ross is a Caersws lad and we can't wait to see him back in a Bluebirds shirt.

“There will be more signings announced over the next week so all in all we are happy with how plans are progressing and we can't wait for the games to start.”

Meanwhile the Bluebirds have also signed striker Craig Whitfield.

The 27 year old emerged through the TNS academy before spells with Cefn Druids, Newtown and Airbus UK Broughton.

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