BAL A Town have announced the return of former midfielder Gary Roberts to the club.

The 36-year-old, who last played for the Lakesiders around 16 years ago, made his second debut for the club when he came on from the bench in the 3-1 win over Newtown on Friday evening.

Roberts returns to Bala with plenty of experience under his belt, having racked up a total of 550 appearances in the English Football League.

He played for Accrington Stanley, Ipswich Town, Crewe Alexandra, Huddersfield Town, Swindon Town, Chesterfield, Portsmouth, and most recently Wigan Athletic, who he left in early November having made more than 50 appearances.

Roberts has also represented his country (England) at C level, having been capped four times during 2005 and 2006.

During his spell with Huddersfield Town, the midfielder would go on to pick up the Player Of The Year and the Players’ Player Of The Year in the 2008/2009 season.

Earlier in his career, he came through Liverpool's academy before also playing for Denbigh Town.

Roberts would go on to play for Rhyl, Bangor City and Welshpool Town, where he scored nine times in 20 appearances in Wales' top-flight.

He then made the step up and signed for Accrington Stanley who were then in the Conference National.

Roberts joins The Lakesiders having had a brief spell with The Town back in 2003/2004, the year that Colin Caton was appointed as manager, and the club were promoted into the Cymru Alliance.

He will wear shirt number 22 for the club, as showcased on Friday evening v Newtown.