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Former Wales 'keeper Dibble joins Wrexham

FORMER Wales goalkeeper Andy Dibble has joined Wrexham on a one-year deal.

FORMER Wales goalkeeper Andy Dibble has joined Wrexham on a one-year deal.

The 37-year-old from Cwmbran has been the goalkeeping coach at Stockport County for the past two seasons, while also acting as cover for both Carlo Nash and former Swansea City No 1 Lee Jones.

Dibble played over 20 games for Stock-port in that time and has made more than 350 senior appearances during a much-travelled career that has taken in Luton Town - where he won a League Cup winners' medal - Manchester City, Rangers and Aberdeen among others.

Dibble, who started his career at Cardiff City, won three full Wales caps - two against Canada in 1986 and one against Israel in 1989 - at a time when Neville Southall was the automatic goalkeeping choice.

Wrexham have also agreed a 12-month contract with midfielder Paul Barrett and expect defender Steve Roberts and Kristian Rogers to sign new deals.

"I hope Wrexham supporters share my view that we are building a decent squad, player by player," manager Denis Smith told the club's official website.

Cardiff City defender Rhys Weston has signed a new four-year deal with the Bluebirds.

Wales international Weston had another year remaining on his initial three-year contract and has signed an extension that will keep him at Ninian Park until 2006.

The Second Division club will tomorrow release a statement regarding the future of troubled winger Leon Jeanne.

Wales Under-21 international Jeanne was asked to take a random drug test earlier his week and after providing an initial sample he refused to take a mandatory second test which is deemed a failure by the football authorities.

The 21-year-old was hit with a two-year suspended sentence by the Football Association of Wales last December after he tested positive for a Class A drug.

Jonathan Coates, released by Swansea City at the end of last season, is in talks with the Swans' Third Division rivals Bristol Rovers.

Rovers' assistant manager John Still told his club's official website, "We have spoken with Jonathan and plan to hold more talks with him later in the week."

Another former Swansea City favourite, Martin Thomas, has signed for Exeter City and another Vetch old boy John Cornforth.

The 28-year-old midfielder left Oxford United earlier this month.

Cornforth, who has Kwame Ampadu, another former Swansea player, and Glenn Cronin in midfield, declared, "I think we've got the best three central midfield players in the league at the moment."


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