Overseas Players in the Cymru Premier

We have done one of these articles before and it went down quite well, so we're doing it again! It's not everyday a players from overseas comes over and signs for a Cymru Premier side, and when it does happen it tends to bring a large amount of intrigue with it. Here we take a look at all the players born overseas that ply their trade in our country's top division. This list does include players from the Republic of Ireland

Paulo Mendes - Aberystwyth Town

Born in Portugal, midfielder Paulo Mendes is in his second season at the Seasiders after signing in the summer of 2018 after a brief spell with National League North club Darlington. Beforehand, he had spells with Estrela de Amadora and Oeiras in his native Portugal, before moving to the UK where he has represented Vauxhall Motors, Nantwich Town, Colwyn Bay, Airbus UK and Oxford City.

Edmilson Pedro Vaz - Aberystwyth Town

Midfielder Edmilson Pedro Vaz signed for Aberystwyth in the summer of 2019 from Portuguese side Atletic Clube Malveira after a successful trial period. Born in the African nation of Guinea-Bissau with dual Portuguese nationality, the 23 year-old has previously spent time playing in Portugal and France.

Pavel Vieira - Aberystwyth Town

Signed in January 2020, Vieira is no stranger to the Welsh system after spells at Bangor City and Airbus UK. Born in Guinea-Bissau, the 1-time international started his career at Portuguese side SC Olhanense before moving on to Moura and Atletic Reguengos. He later moved to the UK, signing for Merseyside-based side Prescott Cables before moving to Spanish side Cultural Leonesa and then Italian side Roccella in 2015. In 2016, he signed for Bangor City before moving to Airbus in 2017. After two years at the Wingmakers he rejoined Bangor City before leaving again in January to sign for Aberystwyth.

Alhagi Touray Sisay - Aberystwyth Town

The final Aberystwyth player in this list, young Spaniard Alhagi Touray Sisay signed for Aberystwyth Town in January 2020 after trials with Newcastle United, Motherwell and Hull City. The striker caught the eye after scoring 20 goals in 16 games in the Spanish lower divisions in 2019.

Lassana Mendes - Bala Town

Spanish midfielder Lassana Mendes signed for Bala Town in the summer of 2019. 26 year-old Mendes signed after a spell with fellow North Wales side Colwyn Bay. Following his release from the Seagulls, Mendes went on trial with League Two side Crewe Alexandra. Mendes represented Cadiz, CD Roquentas and PV Ejido in his native Spain before moving to England, where he played for Radcliffe and Stalybridge Celtic.

Louis-Augustin Malandjou Kondjo - Bala Town

Frenchman Kondjo signed for the Lakesiders in January 2020 and has had spells playing in England, Cyprus and Portugal. He started his career at Nottingham Forest at Under 18s and 21s level before moving to Cypriot side Anagennisi Derynias. He then moved to Akritas Chlorakas before moving to Portugal and signing for SC Salgeuiros and later AD Sanjoanense.

Theo Wharton - Barry Town United

Born in Cwmbran, Wharton represents Saint Kitts and Nevis at international level. He signed for Barry Town United in January 2020 after being without a club for a while following his release from Hereford. The Cardiff City academy product has also spent time with Weston-Super-Mare, York City, Tamworth and Nuneaton Borough.

Kalilo Djalo Embalo - Carmarthen Town

The Old Gold signed the Bissau-Guinean winger in February 2020. Signed from Senegalese side AS Douanes, Embalo has also played for Sporting Club and Benfica Bissau in his native country.

Cody Ruberto - Cefn Druids

Born in Canada, Cody Ruberto spent a majority of his career in Italy before moving to Macclesfield Town in 2017. He joined the Ancients in summer 2019.

Greg Draper - The New Saints

Born in Somerset before moving to New Zealand at an early age, The New Saints' star man signed for the champions in 2011 from Basingstoke Town. Before Basingstoke, Draper spent time at Canterbury United, Wellington Phoenix, and Team Wellington in his adoptive country with short stint at Australian side Melbourne Knights in between. He won one cap for the All Whites in 2008 in a World Cup Qualifier against Fiji.

Adrian Cieslewicz - The New Saints

Polish attacker Adrian Cieslewicz signed for the Saints in 2014 after a stint at National League North outfit Kidderminster Harriers. The pacy frontman went through the Manchester City academy and has also represented Wrexham.

Dean Ebbe - The New Saints

Dublin-born attacker Ebbe joined the club in 2018. In his native Ireland, he played for Shamrock Rovers, Longford Town, Athlone Town, Cabinteely, Collinstown and Bluebell United. He also had a short stay at Scottish side Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2017.

Kurtis Byrne - The New Saints

The final player in this list, Irishman Byrne has an impressive CV. He started his career off at Scottish side Hibernian and during his time there had loan spells at Stirling Albion, East Fife and Alloa Athletic. He signed for Ross County and had a loan spell at Brechin City before returning to his native Ireland in 2013 with Dundalk. He then went on to represent Bohemian, St Patrick's Athletic and Linfield before signing for TNS in 2018.

(Featured Image: Alhagi Touray Sisay in action for Aberystwyth Town - Credit: Colin Ewart)

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