CAERSWS have completed a transfer coup ahead of their JD Welsh Cup second round clash at Rhyl with the signing of Jolyon Harries.

The versatile midfielder returns to the MMP-NL Mid Wales League One leaders from JD Welsh Premier side Newtown following an 18 month spell at Latham Park.

Player coach Gareth Jones confirmed Harries would be added to the squad for the trip to Belle Vue on Saturday.

"Jojo is a great addition to our squad," said Jones. "His tenacious nature and high energy will be key to our success this year in the Mid Wales League.

"His experiences in the Welsh Premier and Huws Gray Alliance also add to his value and the club is delighted to have him back playing in blue.”

Jones confessed October had been a bitter sweet month for the villagers with Welsh Cup progress tempered by faltering league form and a growing injury lost.

However the ex-Guilsfield star insisted the Welsh Cup clash represented a chance for the players to showcase their potential while also benefitting as underdogs.

"An away tie at Rhyl is a fantastic opportunity for our young squad and a reward for our character and desire shown against Holywell," said Jones.

"For once we go into a game as underdogs with a little of the pressure of us which is a positive distraction from the poor results in the league we’ve had lately."

Despite still topping the table the Bluebirds form has dipped with Llanidloes Town, Welshpool Town and Llanfair United each winning at the Recreation Ground.

Jones challenged the squad to re-ignite their campaign, starting at Rhyl.

"The squad have been told that they need to re-ignite the standards that saw us go 19 games unbeaten," said Jones. "Crucially and most importantly we’ve got to be more clinical in front of goal and significantly compete for everything on the field which has been lacking in the Mid Wales derbies of late.”

Despite their faltering league form Jones insisted the villagers travelled north in high spirits with a reward of a potential pairing with a JD Welsh Premier side in the next round at stake.

Jones said: "“The whole club is looking forward to the challenge of playing at Rhyl and we’re certainly not in a negative mindset of making up the numbers and without question we want to win and progress into the latter stages of the competition."