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L to R: Declan Poole, Joe Heath, Andy Morrison, Rhys Williams and Jake Phillips following the announcement that the quartet have signed professional terms at Connah's Quay Nomads
Joe Heath in pre-season action against Airbus
Jake Phillips in action against HJK Helsinki
Declan Poole of Connah's Quay Nomads
Rhys Williams training with Connah's Quay Nomads

Nomads announce first quartet of Professionals

Date Published: Thursday, 3rd August, 2017 - 9:20pm

Connah's Quay Nomads are today pleased to announce a major step towards full time professional football at Deeside Stadium as the Club has reached an agreement to sign the quartet of Joe Heath, Jake Phillips, Declan Poole and Rhys Williams to professional contracts.

The trio of Heath, Phillips and Poole were all part of The Nomads' UEFA Europa League squad for the qualifying round clashes with HJK Helsinki, while Williams has appeared as a substitute in the recent friendly fixtures with Colwyn Bay and Airbus.

Heath, a left sided defender, started his career at Manchester United before signing for Nottingham Forest in 2005. He made his first team debut against Morecambe in August 2008 and went on to make 12 appearances during the 2008-09 season in the Championship. He then went on to play at Lincoln City, Hereford United, Chester and Runcorn Town before joining The Nomads in June 2017.

Phillips also joined The Nomads in in June 2017 and made his debut against HJK Helsinki as a second half substitute in Finland. Prior to joining The Nomads, Jake spent time at Wrexham and Cefn Druids.

Poole, who originally joined The Nomads in November 2016 will be known to fans of the Welsh Premier League for his stunning strike against The New Saints in March which saw him shortlisted for the 2016/17 Goal of the Season competition.


Prior to his arrival at Deeside, Poole spent time at Everton, Wigan Athletic and Nantwich Town.

Williams joins The Nomads following a successful trial period over the last three weeks, having come on in place of John Danby against both Colwyn Bay and Airbus. Williams has spent time at Bury, Carlisle and Colchester United whilst also representing Wales at U19 level.




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