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Gareth Maule thanks fans as he departs Scarlets

by Dean Thomas
Gareth Maule scores a try for the Scarlets
Gareth Maule scores a try for the Scarlets Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bristol have signed centre Gareth Maule from the Scarlets in time for the new Championship season.

Wales Under 20 cap Maule played over 100 times for the Scarlets and also had stints at Newport Gwent Dragons, Ebbw Vale, Newport RFC and Cross Keys.

I depart with some invaluable memories, gathered in my years with this special club and feel honoured to have worn the famous Scarlet jersey on so many occasions and to join the list of centurions is something that makes me immensely proud. Being able to be part of so many memorable occasions and huge fixtures was a huge privilege.

A special mention must go to the supporters. From the day I arrived I felt welcome and was quick to realise that the Scarlets has its very own style and the fans are no different!

– Gareth Maule

New Swansea City striker scores just hours after signing

by Dean Thomas
Modou Barrow signs for Swansea City
Modou Barrow signs for Swansea City Credit: Modou Barrow/Twitter

New Swansea City striker Modou Barrow scored his first goal for Swansea City's Under 21 side just hours after completing his transfer deadline move from Swedish side Ostersunds FK.

The 21 year-old Gambian received international clearance in time to net his first goal for his new club during a 3-2 victory over Birmingham City.

Barrow had been in Swansea for some time before finally putting pen to paper on a performance related contract for an undisclosed fee.

Swansea City's development boss Chris Llewellyn told the club website:

"I'm pleased for him (Modou), It was touch and go whether he would play as we didn't receive the international clearance until late afternoon, but he did okay and scored his goal.

– Chris Llewellyn


Adam Matthews out of Wales qualifier

by Dean Thomas
Wales's Adam Matthews takes a throw in
Wales's Adam Matthews takes a throw in Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Celtic's Adam Matthews has become the latest player to withdraw from Chris Coleman's Wales squad to face Andorra in the opening Euro 2016 qualifier next Tuesday.

Injury to the defender means a call up for Cardiff City's Declan John from the Under 21's.

Matthews joins Reading forward Hal Robson-Kanu and West Ham defender James Collins who have also withdrawn through injury.

Meanwhile a decision on whether the qualifier will go ahead at Andorra's new national stadium is expected to be made by UEFA today.

UEFA officials have been carrying out pitch inspections over the weekend and have called for more tests of the surface before a final decision is made.

Hudson leaves Bluebirds for Huddersfield Town

Mark Hudson
Mark Hudson is joining Huddersfield Town. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA

Cardiff City captain Mark Hudson has left the club to join Huddersfield Town, the club has confirmed. The 32 year old has signed a two-year deal with the Yorkshire club, after five years at Cardiff.

Gabbidon set for Cardiff return

by Dean Thomas
Daniel Gabbidon in action for Cardiff City
Daniel Gabbidon in action for Cardiff City Credit: Matthew Ashton/EMPICS Sport

Defender Danny Gabbidon is set to return to Cardiff City nearly a decade after leaving the club.

Gabbidon is due to sign a contract until the end of the season with an option to join the coaching set up at the Cardiff City Stadium.

The 35 year-old has trained with the Bluebirds this summer after being released by Crystal Palace.

Gabbidon made over 200 appearances for the south Wales club before joining West Ham in 2005.


Jose Canas leaves Swansea City for Espanyol

by Dean Thomas
Jose Canas
Jose Canas Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Spanish midfielder Jose Canas has left Swansea City and joined La Liga side RCD Espanyol on a free transfer.

The 27 year-old had been looking to secure a new club after being told by Swans boss Garry Monk he was no longer part of his future plans.

Canas made 35 appearances for the Swans last season after signing from Real Betis on a free transfer.

An official statement from Swansea City thanked Canas for his services to the club, and wished him well for the future.

Swansea City sign forward Modou Barrow

by Dean Thomas
Modou Barrow signs for Swansea City
Modou Barrow signs for Swansea City Credit: Modou Barrow/Twitter

Swansea City have confirmed the signing of Gambian striker Modou Barrow from Ostersunds FK for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old arrives at the Liberty on a performance-related contract and will now link up with the club's Under-21 squad.


Thank you Swansea City fans for the warm welcome! Together we make a better team and take the Club forward!! #swans


Decision over Wales qualifier in Andorra due in 24 hours

by Dean Thomas
Estadi Comunal D'Andorra La Vella
Estadi Comunal D'Andorra La Vella Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

The Football Association of Wales have confirmed a decision will be made in 24 hours on whether Wales' opening Euro 2016 qualifier with Andorra can go ahead at the new national stadium.

UEFA will carry out further tests on Andorra's 3G artificial surface today before making a decision on where the game will be played.

If improvements have not been made after the last inspection on the weekend then the game could be moved to a different country with Spain thought to be an option.

Andorra have been playing their homes at the Estadi Comunal d'Andorra la Vella.

An FAW spokesperson has thanked fans travelling to Andorra for their patience.

Robson-Kanu withdraws from Wales squad

by Dean Thomas
Robson-Kanu withdraws from Wales squad
Hal Robson-Kanu, Wales Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Readings Hal Robson-Kanu has withdrawn from Wales' squad to face Andorra in the opening Euro qualifier next week.

Robson-Kanu hasn't played since injuring his knee during a pre-season friendly with Stevenage.

22 year-old uncapped Reading team mate Jake Taylor is called up in place of Robson-Kanu who joins West Ham defender James Collins on the sidelines.

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