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LLANELLI Town have made a double swoop as they build to­wards the new sea­son.

The Reds have re-signed for­mer play­ers Liam Sa­muel and An­to­nio Fac­ci­uto as man­ager Andy Hill moulds his squad for the new FAW Cham­pi­onship South sea­son.

Both played ma­jor roles in Llanelli storm­ing to the Welsh League crown in 2018, but left Ste­bon­heath last sum­mer.

Sa­muel moved to Am­man­ford, with Fac­ci­uto mak­ing the switch to Haver­ford­west County.

Sa­muel has made more than a cen­tury of ap­pear­ances for Llanelli and scored more than 40 goals. A Reds state­ment said: “Liam has been ev­er­p­re­sent with the Reds from di­vi­sion three right up to di­vi­sion one and only com­mit­ments ruled him out of ap­pear­ing in the WPL.

“He has con­sis­tently been one of the best wingers in the Welsh League.

“The club is thrilled he has re­turned and he will be a mas­sive boost to the team on and off the pitch.”

Fac­ci­uto made his Llanelli de­but as far back as 2008 when he was a 17-year-old.

The state­ment added: “An­to­nio was a big part of the cham­pi­onship­win­ning team two sea­sons ago and was ever-present through­out that sea­son.”

The double sign­ing comes hot on the heels of the highly-rated Jor­dan Davies pledg­ing his fu­ture to the club.

The Reds added: “Jor­dan is tech­ni­cally one of the best play­ers in the Welsh League and has more than 100 ap­pear­ances for the Reds, mak­ing him the third most ex­pe­ri­enced player in the squad be­hind Chris Thomas and Lee Be­van.

“Jor­dan is a ma­jor part in what we have achieved and it’s great news that he’ll be spear­head­ing our cam­paign again this year.”

It is yet more good news for Llanelli as they re­build fol­low­ing their rel­e­ga­tion from the Welsh Premier League.

Goal­keeper Scott Cough­lan has also agreed a fresh deal, while other play­ers to have pledged their fu­tures to the club are Ross Jones, An­thony Fin­sel­bach, Kyle Graves, Luke Morgan, skip­per Joe Clarke and de­fender Lee Be­van.

Cw­mam­man United Ju­niors en­joyed a fun-packed pre­sen­ta­tion day at the club­house at an event which was at­tended by more than 100 chil­dren. The girls’ un­der-14 side are pic­tured.

Liam Sa­muel (in red) in action for Llanelli Town. Pic­ture: Keith Griffiths.

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