NEWTOWN have clinched the signing of highly-rated striker Craig Moses as they bid to pep up their firepower for the coming Welsh Premier season.

Boss Darren Ryan has been desperate to improve his team’s goal output, and has beaten off a number of clubs to bring in Moses from Merthyr.

“He’s a massive signing for us,” said the Newtown chief. “I’ve been chasing Craig since I’ve been manager and I’m delighted he’s joined us. He’s strong in the air and holds the ball up well. We’ve beaten off a lot of clubs for his signature.”

Moses has represented Wales at Under-18 and U19 level, and was on the bench for the Welsh U21s against Slovakia.

The arrival of the 19-year-old follows the signing of Richard Cooke Williams, formerly of Denbigh Town, an attacking midfielder who netted twice against them in the Welsh Cup.

Ryan has also been talking to former TNS and Bangor forward Marc Lloyd Williams and Welshpool’s Steve Rogers.

Elsewhere, The New Saints have announced the appointment of Jonathan Martin as a director along with a new sponsorship deal with his company, Martin Mortgages Ltd.