CHIRK AAA have begun their summer strengthening both on and off the field ahead of the new season.

The Ardal North East League champions will bid to consolidate in the second tier last season after making the step up.

The Colliers have brought in second tier experience with Corey Smart and Sam Molyneux joining from Gresford Athletic.

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Corey Smart.

Midfielder Smart arrives at Holyhead Road with experience at Flint Town United, Queen's Park, Denbigh Town and Buckley Town.

Meanwhile forward Molyneux also makes the move from Clappers Lane having previously played for Garden Village, Cefn Druids, Brickfield Rangers and Rhyl having emerged through the academy at Shrewsbury Town.

The Colliers have also signed Ed Baker from Berriew with the midfielder also having experience at Welshpool Town and Guilsfield.

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Sam Molyneux, seen in action for Rhyl.

Meanwhile Chirk have added UEFA B Badge holder and UEFA C goalkeeping coach Kieran Howard to the coaching set-up.

Howard said: "First of all its a great privilege to be asked to come on board with Chirk."

Howard said a conversation with manager Andy Pryde convinced him to throw in his lot with Holyhead Road club.

"His vision for the season and style he wants to play are refreshing," said Howard. "I think a few teams maybe surprised by what we are going to bring to the league.

"Every game for me is a cup final, the teams are quality and have players who have great ability but so do we and the shackles every game will be off to go enjoy it together.

"I'm looking forward to working with the keepers and putting them through there paces.

"Prydey has addressed his expectations of the keepers and how he wants them playing so hopefully myself and more importantly the keepers can deliver this for him.

"It's a exciting time at the club and im pleased to be part of the journey with this great football club."