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Airbus UK Broughton: Adam Worton joins Wingmakers in time for opening match

ADAM Worton has become a late addition to Airbus UK Broughton’s squad as they set their sights on qualifying for Europe this season.

Craig Harrison and Gareth Owen managed to prise the much-admired 24-year-old Newtown skipper away from Latham Park via a nominal transfer fee.

He should be ready to line up for the Wingmakers at the Airfield on Saturday as they kick off their Welsh Premier League campaign against Port Talbot Town (2.30pm).

Worton’s arrival, combined with a strong pre-season campaign which saw Airbus face Wolves, Morecambe and Chester, left head coach Owen in bullish mood about the club’s expectations.

He said: “The target is to get to Europe, we have got to be looking to qualify for that.

“I am a firm believer in setting goals and we will be sitting with the lads tonight and ask for their thoughts about where they think we should be aiming.

“Worton has been looking really strong in training and can play in a number of positions, at left-back, centre-half, midfield – he is one of those all-round players who you need if the club is to make that next step.

“The whole club is moving to the next level – the ground has been improving over the past two or three years and I think the time is now for us to deliver on the pitch.

“We have had a challenging set of friendlies, a little different to what we have had, but I’m not too interested in those results – there is no point in beating some low teams 8-0 or 9-0 when you want to get match fitness levels up.

“The players have been very receptive to that and have shown what they can do, as you would expect.”

Released by Hereford United in 2006 after four first team appearances, Worton signed domestic league forms with Caersws in the summer of 2006.

He became one of Darren Ryan’s first signings for Newtown in November of that year.

While Worton has arrived at the club, another player has left. Defender Matthew Woodward this week signed a deal to play for Chester FC.

Owen said: “We wish him well in the future, he was a player we had brought in as a youth.”

Despite Airbus’ good pre-season form – which included beating a strong Macclesfield Town side – they have been installed as 33-1 outsiders for the Welsh Premier title this season.

Airbus just missed out on a top-half finish thanks to the new-look league’s system of splitting the table in two before the end of the season, with the Wingmakers finding themselves just on the wrong side in the bottom half.

Owen said: “It is a tough division when you have the likes of Llanelli and TNS competing, and there is a new challenger each season. Hopefully this season it will be us.”

And Owen is looking forward to starting the season with a victory, but is not underestimating the club’s first opponents.

“Port Talbot are a really well organised side and play the sort of football you like to see. They can be a difficult side but we will be fully ready for them.”

TNS are marginal favourites at 2-1 with Nev Powell’s reigning champions Bangor City also favoured at 21-10.

Afan Lido and Carmarthen are the joint favourites for the drop with league sponsors Corbetts Bookmakers.

Flintshire-based sports betting and gaming company Corbett Sports has taken over sponsorship of the Welsh Premier League in a three-year deal.

Michael Corbett, managing director of the company, said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to support the Welsh Premier League and the member clubs across Wales.

“Our company was founded in Flintshire in 1947 by my grandfather, and we wanted to mark our 65th anniversary in 2012 by partnering with a truly national competition.

“Having spent my childhood watching local football across North Wales, a passion for sport has run through the Corbett family for decades and we believe in supporting Welsh football from the grassroots up.”