Date: Thu 14 Feb 2013

Exiles sign Star Striker Rhys

Blue Square Conference side Newport County have signed former Llanelli and Port Talbot striker Rhys Griffiths.

The Welsh Premier League Legend left Port Talbot Town in the summer, without kicking a competitive ball for the Steelmen, for an overdue crack in the Football League. He joined Plymouth Argyle, but after Carl Fletcher left the Green Army, Griffiths was deemed surplus to requirements by new boss John Sheridan.

He was subsequently released by the League Two side in January, which meant that he was allowed to sign for a club, despite the window closing. Griffiths scored three goals in 14 league appearances during his spell with Plymouth.

The 32-year old boasted a prolific record in the Welsh Premier League, scoring 181 goals in 180 appearances, the majority for Llanelli, with whom he won the Championship, the Welsh Cup and the League Cup. He also played in the Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Cup and the Intertoto Cup with the Reds.

"Rhys is a proven goal scorer and when we knew that he could become available we kept an eye on the situation," said Newport boss Justin Edinburgh.

"He just adds another dimension to the team and he will score goals. We're delighted to have him on board going into a crucial part of the season."

In addition to Llanelli and Port Talbot Griffiths has also had spells with Cwmbran Town, Haverfordwest County and Carmarthen Town and has represented the Wales semi-professional side.