Tuesday, February 02, 2010
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Saints swoop for Bangor marksman Sharp

THE New Saints have ended their search for an additional striker by swooping for Bangor City marksman Chris Sharp.

The Citizens' leading scorer for the past two seasons with 33 goals from 40 Welsh Premier appearances since joining from Rhyl, the 23-year-old signed an 18-month contract at Park Hall this lunchtime.
Sharp missed the whole of league season 2006/7 after breaking a leg in Rhyl's Uefa Cup campaign but, despite returning to action at the start of the following season, was released from Belle Vue by mutual consent the following summer.
He then set a hot pace in the race for the Golden Boot last season with 20 goals from 23 games, before breaking his arm in a tackle at Carmarthen Town which sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign.
But he quickly returned to form when back in the side and has 13 goals to his credit from 17 (+1) appearances this time around.
Sharp has been keen to secure a full time football contract, having had several trials at Football League clubs, and The New Saints are thrilled that he has chosen to take the full time opportunity that they are able to offer him.
He will also link up at Park Hall with his former Farrar Road team-mate Chris Seargeant, who joined in the summer.
"We are delighted that Chris has agreed to join us at TNS, his goal scoring record in the Welsh Premier is superb and he will give us another dimension up front" said assistant manager Mike Davies.
"Bangor are sorry that Chris has decided to leave the club; however, we agreed in the summer when he re-signed that we would not stand in the way of his progression," says a City spokesperson.
"We feel that he will benefit from the full time training that TNS can offer him, and wish him well for the future and would also like to thank The New Saints for the way that they have conducted themselves throughout the negotiations."
Under the terms of the deal, Sharp will not be allowed to play when TNS host his former club on Valentine's Day.
Photo: Chris Sharp after signing for the Saints today.

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