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Five leave and three arrive at Llanelli

By Llanelli Star  |  Posted: January 30, 2013

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LLANELLI's revolving door has continued turning this week with five more players leaving Stebonheath Park, while another three have arrived.

Geoff Kellaway Luke Bowen, Ashley Evans, Martin Rose and Lee Surman have joined Chris Thomas, Corey Jenkins, Antonio Corbisiero and Chris Venables in moving on to pastures new.

But Lee Hartshorn, Nicky Holland and Alex Evans have followed Scott Evans and Ariel Mrowinski into the club.

Kellaway has been recruited by local rivals Carmarthen Town.

He signed for the Reds from Aberystwyth last summer and has made 19 appearances this season.

Kellaway previously played in the Cymru Alliance with Penrhyncoch and had a spell in Australia with Victoria League outfit Dandenong Thunder and A League club Melbourne Victory.

Bowen has signed for Australian Victoria Premier League side Port Melbourne Sharks. He joined Llanelli at the start of the season and scored a memorable penalty against KUPS Kuopio in the Europa League.

The midfielder has scored 62 goals in 174 Welsh Premier League appearances for Port Talbot, Haverfordwest, Aberystwyth and Neath.

Bowen signed off for the Reds by scoring the winner against Afan Lido two weeks ago.

Evans, Rose and Surman have all switched to Premier League rivals Port Talbot Town.

Midfielder Evans joined Llanelli from Neath in 2011, Surman arrived later that year, while top scorer Rose moved from the GenQuip Stadium last summer.

But Bob Jeffrey has moved quickly to bolster his squad following that exodus.

Hartshorn started his senior career at Merthyr Saints before earning a move to Penydarren Park to play for Merthyr Town.

The 25-year-old then had a spell at Cinderford Town in the Southern League and went on to play for Newtown.

He resumed his footballing career last summer, signing for Afan Lido, where he made 21 Welsh Premier League appearances this season, the last against the Reds.

The defender can play comfortably across the back four and is threat at set-pieces.

"Lee is a player I have admired for the last few seasons and is someone who can work on his game at Stebonheath Park," said Jeffrey.

"He is enthusiastic and wants to play football the way I believe in and I am looking forward to seeing Lee develop further as a player at Welsh Premier level."

Ex-youth team player Holland returns to Llanelli from Port Talbot.

Holland started his career with Swansea City before joining Llanelli in 2007.

He formed part of Bob Jeffrey's successful youth team and also broke into Peter Nicholas's first-team squad, playing 35 Welsh Premier games over the next two seasons.

The 23-year-old full-back moved on in the summer of 2009 to Port Talbot Town and made 72 Welsh Premier appearances, scoring one goal in his three and a half years at the GenQuip Stadium.

"Nicky is a player I know well and I am looking forward to working with him again," said Jeffrey.

"He is an excellent athlete, who will soon get back in the swing of games despite not playing regularly recently and has a hunger and appetite for some unfinished business at this club.

"Hopefully we will give Nicky the platform to establish himself again at this level and he will be a crowd pleaser with his fitness levels and hard work."

Jeffrey's fifth January signing is former Cardiff City and Oxford United central defender Alex Evans.

He has moved from Cinderford Town.

The 20-year-old started playing for his local side Treharris Western before joining the Cardiff City Academy aged nine.

He spent the next 10 years at the club, earning a professional contract in 2011-12.

Evans made his first-team debut in a 3-1 Carling Cup win against Oxford United in front of a crowd of 5,435 at the Kassam Stadium.

Last summer Evans left Cardiff and joined Oxford United on a three-month contract.

He made his Football League debut in Oxford's 2-0 win against Southend United in August, but joined Bath City to gain more first-team experience when his contract expired.

He then switched to Cinderford Town on loan.

STEPHEN WARE

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