BALA TOWN FC have pulled off what will surely prove to be one of the signings of the summer as they announce the arrival of former Wales international Dave Edwards.

The 35 year old has signed for the JD Cymru Premier club having been released by his former side Shrewsbury Town in League One.

The midfielder has made more than 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 Wolves.

Edwards also scored 70 times during his footballing career, including on three occasions for Wales with whom he earned 43 caps between 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.

At Bala Town, Edwards will re-join former teammates Chris Venables and Steven Leslie, who all played together in the youth system at Shrewsbury Town.

Edwards will wear the number 19 shirt for the the Lakesiders.

Talking about his new signing, Bala Town FC 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 (Caton's 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 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”

“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."