GUTO WIL­LIAMS (BAN­GOR CITY)

Bangor Mail - - BUSINESS -

THIS sea­son has seen Scott Quigley be­come the lat­est Welsh Pre­mier player to make the step up to the Foot­ball League when he joined Black­pool from The New Saints for £35,000.

Af­ter mak­ing nine sub­sti­tute ap­pear­ances for the League One club, they al­lowed the 25-year-old to join Na­tional League Wrex­ham on loan for the rest of the cam­paign ear­lier this month.

And Quigley has made some im­pact, scor­ing both goals on de­but in a 2-0 win at Hartle­pool United, be­fore net­ting again in last week­end’s 2-2 draw against Tran­mere Rovers..

The Shrews­bury-born front-man is one in a long line of WPL tal­ents to get snapped up by clubs in either the Foot­ball League or Na­tional League.

Lee Trun­dle, Craig Jones and Ei­fion Wil­liams are just three to have suc­cess­fully made the tran­si­tion.

But per­haps the finest ex­am­ple of all was Mark De­laney.

He left Car­marthen Town in 1998 to star for Cardiff City and As­ton Villa.

He also went on to win 36 full Wales caps.

So are there any other Welsh Pre­mier or lower league op­er­a­tors ca­pa­ble of fol­low­ing in Quigley’s foot­steps?

Here are seven pos­si­bles play­ing for our lo­cal clubs who might just shine at Na­tional League level or higher....

Pos­si­bly just a lit­tle early for a Na­tional League step-up pp for this young de­fender? Not so sure. A prod­uct of Ban­gor’s ngor’s suc­cess­ful youth de­velevel­op­ment sys­tem, Wil­liams is only 17 but ut has so looked the e part in his first- team out­ings so far. Tremen­dous tal­ent.

Turns 30 this year but I’ve al­ways had faith in his abil­ity to sparkle at a higher level. Llan­dudno and is sparkling again, pro­duc­ing a man of the match display in scor­ing two goals against Ruthin Town in last Satur­day’s 4-3 vic­tory.

He has al­ways been a stand-out per­former when Caernar­fon have faced Welsh Pre­mier sides in the cups.

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