City’s squad shap­ing up for Al­liance de­but

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FOR­MER Wrex­ham goal­keeper Andy Cough­lin will be Ban­gor City’s first choice be­tween the sticks for the 2018-19 sea­son.

The 25-year-old, who made 62 first team ap­pear­ances for the Race­course club be­tween 2012-15, spent last term in the Huws Gray Al­liance with Air­bus.

A for­mer Eng­land C in­ter­na­tional, Boo­tle-born Cough­lin fought off a num­ber of other keep­ers who came in through­out pre-sea­son for a trial to get the nod from new City boss Craig Har­ri­son.

The 6ft 3ins stop­per started his ca­reer in the Tranmere Rovers Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence at the age of 15 and signed a two-year ap­pren­tice­ship in the sum­mer of 2009.

In April 2011, Cough­lin signed his first pro­fes­sional con­tract, on a one-year deal.

A year later, he made his pro­fes­sional de­but in a 1-1 draw with Hartle­pool United, but was re­leased at the end of the 2011-12 sea­son.

Fol­low­ing three sea­sons at Wrex­ham, Cough­lin had stints with South­port and Bar­row be­fore join­ing Air­bus last term.

Ban­gor man­ager Craig Har­ri­son said: “It’s great to get such an ex­pe­ri­enced goal­keeper in Andy.

“Hav­ing played al­most 100 Con­fer­ence games and also with a full sea­son of ex­pe­ri­ence in the Huws Gray Al­liance, this will be in­valu­able this com­ing sea­son.

“Andy is a very big, phys­i­cal pres­ence and an im­pos­ing fig­ure. I’ve spo­ken to some of my best friends in foot­ball who have worked with Andy and they’ve said he is a great lad and a very good keeper, which he has shown in pre-sea­son on more than one oc­ca­sion.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with Andy and putting another piece in our de­fen­sive jig­saw, which has great ex­pe­ri­ence in it.”

Ban­gor have also signed 17-year-old El­liott Fen­ton af­ter a very suc­cess­ful pre-sea­son.

Fen­ton can play across the front line as well as “in the hole” be­hind the strik­ers. He can cre­ate and score goals as well as ex­cite fans by ghost­ing past de­fend­ers, which sup­port­ers have seen pre-sea­son.

Har­ri­son added: “It’s great to have another young tal­ent with lots of po­ten­tial join­ing Ban­gor City. It’s some­thing that my­self and Ban­gor City feel is very im­por­tant.

“Bring­ing play­ers through the fan­tas­tic academy and also at­tract­ing young tal­ent and po­ten­tial from the sur­round­ing ar­eas is vi­tal. El­liott is clearly a very skil­ful foot­baller and, only just turn­ing 17 years of age, has lots of de­vel­op­ment time left.

“El­liott has spent most of his foot­ball life play­ing a very high stan­dard of fut­sal with the Manch­ester and Eng­land fut­sal team, which ex­plains his fan­tas­tic abil­ity on the ball. Pic: Aled Jones

“I’m look­ing for­ward to work­ing with El­liott to bring out the po­ten­tial in him and also help­ing him de­velop his all-round game in se­nior foot­ball.

“El­liott will join the likes of young­sters Alex Boss, Sam Jones, Sam Ash­worth, Gethin Thomas and Leon Jones, who will all be look­ing to make a big im­pact in the first team this com­ing sea­son.”

City were beaten 4-1 in last week’s mid­week friendly at Col­wyn Bay, where Craig Har­ri­son fielded a mix­ture of first team­ers and tri­al­ists. Alex Boss scored for Ban­gor.

Ban­gor be­gin their first-ever sea­son in the Huws Gray Al­liance at home to Buck­ley Town on Au­gust 11.

Ban­gor City (in blue) do bat­tle with Col­wyn Bay at Llanelian Road last week

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