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Connell Rawlinson departs The New Saints

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The New Saints' central defender Connell Rawlinson has completed his switch to League Two side Port Vale.

Rawlinson departs The New Saints

The 26-year-old, who joins the Valiants on a one-year deal, has been a key figure with the Saints in recent seasons, writes John Bridgwater.

The former Chester City defender first joined Park Hall back in 2010 when added for the Champions League ties with Bohemians.

He was then offered pro terms in 2011/12 and won a Wales under-23 semi-professional cap against Estonia in October 2011.

Loaned to Newtown in November 2012, he returned to TNS at the end of December. He made a total of 119 (+26) WPL appearances, scoring nine goals, and also made 13 full appearances in European ties.

Earlier this year, Rawlinson captained Wales C against their English counterparts.

Also leaving Park Hall are several other players including Wes Fletcher, Robbie Parry and Steven Saunders.

Meanwhile, former TNS boss Craig Harrison has become the new manager at Huws Gray Cymru Alliance side Bangor City.

Harrison takes over at one of the big Welsh Premier guns, who were relegated at the end of last season after failing to to gain the required FAW domestic licence.

After an unsuccessful spell with National League side Hartlepool United, Harrison is keen to quickly make his mark as he chases an instant return to the top flight of Welsh football.

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