Newtown manager Chris Hughes has signed two new players with former USA youth cap Jay Denny and former Wales youth cap Leon Clowes joining the Robins’ nest.
The signing of experienced non-league midfielder Denny will excite Newtown fans, following the departure of Alex Fletcher at the end of last season. Having trained with the Robins in their first pre-season season session at the weekend, Denny’s transfer from Northern Premier League side Halesowen Town was completed on Wednesday afternoon.
The 31-year-old was born in the USA, and was capped by their Under 17 and 20 sides, and he also captained them at both levels.
He signed a professional contract at Stoke City and despite being named on the bench eight times, he never made a first team appearance before departing for Shrewsbury Town in 2005, where he made 18 appearances, scoring two goals.
He then began a successful career in non-league football, turning out for Brackley Town and Nuneaton, before a first spell with Halesowen in 2007, where he played 98 times. After a brief spell with Leamington, he re-signed for Halesowen before going on to make over 100 appearances for Hednesford Town.
He had a long spell with Solihull Moors, before returning to Halesowen in 2015 and becoming captain of the side. Hughes approached the experienced midfielder in January, however Denny decided to stay put and successfully fought off relegation with his side.
He has now opted for a new challenge, and Hughes is pleased to have added the midfielder to his squad.
Hughes said: “We’ve been looking at Jay for a while, he brings real quality and experience in the centre of the field and that is something we’ve been targeting. He slotted in really well in training on Saturday, and he is someone who we feel can improve the squad.”