MICHAEL JONES has agreed a contract extension at Cefn Druids who see the deal as a signal of the club's "desire and ambition for stability and experience".

Stopper Jones, who started his career with Wrexham, has committed to a fifth year at The Rock, where he will start his coaching badges and take an active part in guiding the academy goalkeepers.

“I love the club and fans have been brilliant and so I’m more than happy to continue playing for as long as I can” said Jones.

Chairman, Des Williams added: “Michael and I had a chat at the start of the year and he expressed his desire to carry on playing and retire at the club.

"That was good enough for me and showed that he shares our passion and desire to see the club succeed."

Druids, who are searching for a head coach to replace Stuart Gelling, are also in discussions with striker Jamie Reed and club captain Neil Ashton regarding new deals.

Williams said: “For me personally this is a statement of intent, one which is built on my belief that, with a strong experienced core of players, we will not only give our academy players the chance to improve and develop, but we can also bring in local talented players that haven’t had the chance on a bigger stage to show their skills.

“Some people will see what happens on the pitch and use it to measure our progress but it’s not the only measure. The club needs to improve in every aspect.

"The club is undergoing a huge restructuring programme, which hasn’t stopped during the lockdown. A new bar is being built in the club house, the changing rooms are being upgraded, new offices are being installed as is a new club shop.

“When Jamie (Digwood) and I came into the club, there were a few people that saw it as a disaster and the death of the club. The health alert has forced us to change our plans but not the level of commitment we promised."

Two goalkeepers on the move are Ashley Morris and Josh Tibbetts, who have both left Bala Town, along with midfielder Nathan Burke, snapped up by FC United of Manchester.

Morris leaves Maes Tegid after eight years, boss Colin Caton saying: "The spell he had with us, over the years he was by far the best goalkeeper in the league."

Bala, linked with Druids' Nathan Peate and Caernarfon's Alex Ramsey, have signed Will Evans from Cardiff Met.

Caton said: "He scored 14 goals for Cardiff Met last season and he’ll be a great addition."

Connah's Quay Nomads have completed another important piece of business by securing the services of Craig Curran on a two-year deal.

Former Chester striker Curran made five appearances as Nomads won a league and cup double, scoring twice, including the winner against title rivals The New Saints.

Curran said: “I’m delighted to sign permanently with the club - I want to thank the manager, Jay, Craig, the chairman, fans and everyone associated with the club for looking after me since I came here - and the lads for making me feel welcome since day one.

“I’ve been very impressed with the professionalism of everyone and the hunger and desire to win games and trophies from the coaching staff through to the players.

“I’m looking forward to playing a bigger part in building on what was a fantastic year from the lads and staff last season with the main aim being to keep the league title at the club next season and of course we get to experience the Champions League which we will all be looking forward to.”

Nomads' boss Andy Morrison added: “We were delighted when Craig joined us for the run in to the 19/20 season. He was very impressed with how we do things and has agreed to join us permanently.

"We’re delighted to have Craig at the club and he will bring experience and quality to our squad.”