Colwyn Bay have announced the return to the club of last season’s top scorer Astley Mulholland following his departure from National League club Barrow.

The 30-year-old has agreed to come back to the Bay where he scored 19 goals in 49 previous appearances for the club, prior to him signing for Barrow in the summer, where he has struggled to get game time.

Manager Craig Hogg commented: “We are delighted that Astley has agreed to return to Colwyn Bay FC. It was clear that a number of parties were interested in him after leaving Barrow recently, but after speaking to him over the past week, he expressed an interest in returning and was very excited with what the management team are trying to achieve.

“We are delighted we’ve been able to agree terms with him. Astley has been a good player for the Bay and made the Evostik North Team of the Year last season during his last spell with us, producing a good goal scoring return along the way, and we hope he can replicate that form again for us.

“He will offer further competition for places, but the young squad we have here have done very well indeed and everyone here knows full well we must work hard and perform to high standards on a regular basis. I feel the lads are doing that and, if we wish to climb the table and progress as quickly as we can, this has to continue.”

Mulholland, who has previously been with Ashton United, Altrincham, FC United, Chorley and Glossop, will be available for selection once international clearance comes through from the FA of Wales.

A number of clubs had been interested but he commented: “I know Hoggy and Covs and the lads from last season, so I’m delighted to be back. A few clubs have been in touch with me, but there is no point signing a contract with somebody if you’re not sure you are going to be happy.”


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