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Former Wales international Edwards signs for Bala

BALA TOWN has announced the signing of former Wales international Dave Edwards.

It is a major signing for the Lakesiders and the 35-year-old joins having been released by League One side Shrewsbury Town.

The former Wales international made over 500 league appearances between four clubs, which include Luton Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Reading and two spells with Shrewsbury Town.

He’s also played in the top five divisions of English Football, from the National League right up to the Premier League, in which he spent three seasons with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Midfielder has also scored on over 70 occasions in his footballing career, not to mention his three international goals while representing Wales.

Edwards has been capped 43 times for the Wales National Team, between the years of 2007 and 2017. He also represented Wales at the 2016 European Championships, where they got to the semi-finals after a heroic 3-1 win over the number 1 ranked side Belgium. He then retired from international football in 2018.

Edwards will join former teammates Chris Venables and Steven Leslie, where they all played together in the youth system at Shrewsbury Town.

Edwards will wear the number 19 shirt for the Town.

Manager Colin Caton said: “It’s great to have Dave Edwards on board, he’s an unbelievable signing and an unbelievable capture for the club. I spoke to Dave on a couple of occasions while Charlie (My Son) was training with Shrewsbury, we had a couple of good chats but never thought he’d be interested in the Cymru Premier.

“He’s been great with Charlie since he’s been at Shrewsbury and asked him (Charlie) a couple of questions about the Cymru Premier before the end of the season and asked about Bala, he was sort of deciding then whether he was staying full-time or part-time. He was obviously interested in playing part-time so I sent him a message earlier after the season had finished to give him time to think about it.

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“To get him on board is absolutely fantastic, he’s played with Chris Venables before (During their time at Shrewsbury Town) and he knows a couple of the lads like Antony Kay who he’s played against in the leagues. He was a pleasure to deal with, and he’s going to add so much to us as a player, as a person, and his knowledge, and his experience around the dressing room is going to be second to none.

“It’s a great capture for us and a pleasure to have him joining the club.”