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Welsh Premier League: Gap Connah’s Quay move for experienced duo in transfer window

GAP Connah’s Quay wasted little time once the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League transfer window opened last week.

Nomads player-manager Mark McGregor moved to add experience to his young squad by signing former Football League defender John Hardiker and versatile attacker Lee Davey.

Hardiker is a 30-year-old centre-back who played for Morecambe in the Conference before signing for Stockport County for £150,000 in January 2002.

He went on to make more than 100 appearances for the Hatters in the League before enjoying spells at Bury, Forest Green Rovers and Stalybridge Celtic.

Davey joins Nomads from Huws Gray Alliance outfit Conwy Borough. The 25-year-old, who can play in a number of forward positions, had previously spent four seasons at Colwyn Bay.

During that time he helped Bay to back-to-back promotions to the Blue Square Bet North.

McGregor said: “John is an experienced defender who is comfortable on the ball.

“He will be a good signing for us as we’ve leaked goals throughout the season.

“Lee Davey also has a lot of experience.

“He did really well at Colwyn Bay, he wants to become a better player and hopefully he will do so with ourselves.

“The young lads have done a great job for us and the likes of Jamie Wynne, Ryan Edwards and Rhys Healey have been mainstays of the squad all season. But we needed to bring in more players to help us in the coming weeks.”

Mike Thompson has left Nomads to re-sign for top-flight rivals Bala Town.

Airbus UK Broughton, meanwhile, have solved their goalkeeping problem by signing Liverpool youngster Jamie Stephens on loan until the end of the campaign.

The 19-year-old’s arrival has led to Ben Chapman leaving the club.

Airbus Andy Preece is on the lookout for defensive cover after Wrexham recalled impressive on-loan centre-back Stephen Tomassen.