Ex-Premier stars to play for Bay
FRANK SINCLAIR has secured a major coup for the club by signing former Stoke City, Norwich and Leciester striker Ade Akinbiyi as player-coach ahead of the new season.
He will act as coach to the forwards as well as agreeing to come out of retirement to be available to play.
Sinclair has also arranged for former Spurs, Wigan and Sunderland defender Pascal Chimbonda to play in Saturday's pre-season game against Chelsea.
The Frenchman made over 100 Premier League appearances for Wigan and Tottenham Hotspur before joining Sunderland and is currently a free agent after leaving Doncaster Rovers.
"He's a friend of mine and he will play for us against Chelsea to get some fitness while he searches for a new club - similar to what Wayne Thomas did against Wrexham on Tuesday," reported the manager,
"It will be a good experience for my players to have someone with Pascal's quality and experience in the dressing room in what I expect to be a very hard game."
Akinbiyi, 38, made 76 Premier League appearances for Norwich City, Leicester and Sheffield United and he also includes Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Crystal Palace and Burnley among his former clubs.
He totalled £11.5million in transfer fees at his prime, with Leicester City paying a club record £5.5million for him from Wolves, and overall made 506 career appearances, scoring 136 goals.
"It is quite a coup for a club like Colwyn Bay to get him as he still has the ability to be a huge a presence on the football field," said Sinclair.
"I expect him to be a real handful for defences at our level and he will be a huge help to our other forwards both on and off the field."
Colwyn Bay have also agreed contracts to sign former Stockport County forward Cameron Darkwah, who was the with Bay on loan last season, and young winger Jamie Matthews, who was formerly with FC United of Manchester's youth team.
Sinclair says he is excited about Saturday's game with Chelsea.
He started his career as a 16-year-old at Chelsea and went on to make 169 first team appearances for the Londoners, winning FA Cup and League Cup winners medals with them.
"I have done a lot of work with the football club and know what their younger players are all about. Whatever squad they send they will be good footballers who know how to keep the ball so it is going to be a big test for us," added Sinclair.