Two months before the start of the football season Cardigan Town of the Costcutter League Division One have stolen a march on local rivals by snapping up Goodwick United midfielder James Evans who was one of the outstanding performers in the Pembrokeshire League last term.

The 27-year-old Evans who compensates for his lack of size with skill and vision is returning to the Magpies after three seasons with Goodwick.

The talented middle of the field operator, who lives in Cardigan and is employed by clothing firm Howies, said that family and other commitments made it difficult for him to travel and play in Pembrokeshire.

Thanking everyone at Goodwick United for their support he said he was “delighted” to be returning to his roots and looking forward to the challenge next season.

After the player signed on the dotted line last week in a ceremony involving club sponsor Robert Davies of Robert Davies Motors, manager Seamus Doherty could not disguise his delight and said he was “over the moon”.

Speaking exclusively to the Tivy-Side he said “James is a great signing, will strengthen our squad and his return could attract other quality players. James has been with Cardigan since a junior and we welcome him back with open arms,” he said.

Reluctant to lose his star midfielder Goodwick manager Steve Blackford said “James is a class act and has been a great player for us. It is unfortunate that he cannot give commitment next season and we extend best wishes to him for the future.”