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Airbus UK Broughton: Ian Sheridan sold to Bala Town as Craig Jones goes on trial at Leeds United

AIRBUS UK Broughton top-scorer Ian Sheridan has been sold to Bala Town for an undisclosed fee.

But he is likely to make a swift return to the Airfield with his new club as the sides meet in the Welsh Premier League Cup tomorrow night (7.30).

The move was made before the Wingmakers appointed Andy Preece as their new manager.

Sheridan has scored 10 goals this season and 21 in 31 games since joining Airbus 12 months ago.

He has signed a two-year deal at Maes Tegid. Airbus commercial director Stewart Roberts was quick to praise the striker.

“Ian has done really well for us and ultimately when players do well we will get interest,” he said.

“We knew once Craig left for TNS there would be clubs enquiring about our players.

“No-one is for sale as we do not need to sell players, we are trying to hold on to all of our players and indeed add to the squad in January, but we wish Ian well and indeed Bala Town who offered us an attractive all round package for Ian that will remain undisclosed.”

Airbus chairman Paul McKinlay was also upbeat despite Sheridan’s departure.

“I would ask all Airbus officials, players and supporters to be patient and understanding during this period.

“The players have been spoken to by myself and they understand we do not need to sell anyone, but when offers come in we have a duty to consider each and every one with the club in mind,” he said.

“That said we are looking to retain our remaining players and move forwards and improve the squad.

“I wish Ian well at his new club and thank him for his service to Airbus over the last 12 months.”

Meanwhile a former Airbus player has been offered the chance to earn a professional contract in England.

Former Wingmakers winger Craig Jones is currently on trial with Leeds United.

The 24-year-old, son of former Chester favourite Brynley Jones, has been given the chance to impress the Championship giants after establishing himself as one of the best players in the Welsh Premier League.

Jones made his name at Airbus and played for Aberystwyth Town and Rhyl before signing for current club, The New Saints, full-time in 2009.

The Wales Under 23s semi-professional international, who has scored two goals for TNS in the Champions League, has long been tipped for a move to the Football League.