Spar Mid-Wales League newboys Rhayader Town have begun their rebuilding job with the appointment of Jason Samuel as manager, as they look to bounce back after relegation from the Huws Gray Alliance last season.
Samuel, who was player-manager at Builth Wells before taking up an assistant manager’s role at Knighton Town, replaces Dylan McPhee who departed to join Caersws over the summer.
And the new boss has moved quickly to secure the services of no less than three players from division one rivals Llandrindod Wells in a bid to strengthen a squad which finished rock bottom of the Alliance last term.
Midfielder Ashley Jones joins Tom Bethell and goalkeeper Joe Prosser in making the switch from the Spamen, while the club are also expecting to announce a further signing in the next few days.
New boss Samuel was pleased with the progress made in the transfer market, describing the capture of Jones as a “massive signing” for the club.
“Ash Jones was arguably one of the best midfielders in the Spar League last year,” said Samuel. “He’s been on our radar for some time now and we’re pleased to have finally got him signed on the dotted line.
“Also, with the departure of Luke Evans to Caersws it was important that we filled the boots he left and we feel that in the signing of Joe Prosser we've certainly achieved that. His communication and general all round goalkeeping skills give us a solid platform to work from.”
Samuel’s appointment as manager completes a close-season restructuring of the management positions at Rhayader which will also see Gareth Hughes and Mattie Lewis step up into coaching roles, while continuing with their playing duties.
Club secretary David Davies said: “Jason has been held in high regard by Rhayader for some years now and when the manager’s position became available we did all we could to try and secure his services.
“He had a very successful season at Knighton Town as part of the management team that guided them to second place and we hope that he can repeat that success with Rhayader Town.
“Both Gareth Hughes and Mattie Lewis bring a wealth of playing experience at a high level within the football pyramids of both Wales and England with them and we hope that this helps develops the new vision of Rhayader Town FC by striving to be the best club in Mid Wales to develop and enhance local players.”