Date: Fri 30 May 2014

Carmarthen Swoop for Two Steelmen

David Brooks in action for Port Talbot

David Brooks in action for Port Talbot

With the majority of the League's early close-season signings moving from Carmarthen Town to Port Talbot, two players have bucked the trend and trodden the opposite path.

Cardiff-based David Brooks and Lewis Harling both join The Old Gold from Port Talbot Town, after Keyon Reffel, Liam McCreesh, Carl Evans and Craig Hughes all travelled in the opposite direction.

Brooks spent time at South Wales Senior League club Bridgend Street, where he proved to be a prolific scorer. He then played in the Welsh League with Dinas Powys, but was spotted by Mark Jones (who ironically managed both Port Talbot and Carmarthen) and it was Jones who brought him into the Welsh Premier League when Brooks signed for Port Talbot Town in May 2010. The winger scored 18 goals in 84 (+18) appearances over four seasons at the GenQuip and he also captained the side and represented the Wales U23 semi-pro side during his stint with the Steelmen.

Harling joined Port Talbot from Cardiff Grange 'Quins in June 2011 and spent three seasons at The GenQuip Stadium impressing as a hard-working and combative midfielder, with an eye for goal from long-range.