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JAMES WAITE RETURNS TO BS24

Weston-super-Mare AFC are delighted to announce that attacker James Waite will return to the club upon the expiration of his Newport County contract.

James spent two spells on loan with the club previously during the 2019 – 2020 & 2020 – 2021 campaigns, scoring a combined total of 19 goals and assisting six in 30 appearances while wearing the white Seagulls shirt.

Since last featuring for the club, the 25-year-old has spent time playing for Waterford in Ireland, on loan from Cardiff, and playing for Penybont permanently in Wales before securing a move to League Two club Newport County, where he made 93 appearances across the last two-and-a-half years.

On James signing for the club, Manager Scott Bartlett said:

James is a fantastic signing for us, he’s every bit a Football League player. Technically excellent, very sharp, he’s a good finisher and can unlock doors for us, he will certainly be one of the best forward players in the league.

“The fact he can play off a forward, either in front of behind, is a big plus for us.

“Obviously we know him well, he’s a great character, he works tirelessly for the team and we are delighted to have him”.

James said:

I’m delighted to be back.

I’ve been here before, I know the place well, I’ve played under the manager before, he knows what he gets from me and I know what I’m going to get from him.

“There’s a few familiar faces in the side that I know from last time, and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone.

“I like to create, score goals. I like to get the ball, go at players and link up with those around me.

“I want to get people off their seats and play attacking, expansive football”.

About James

James began his career in the Cardiff City Academy at the age of seven, progressing through the ranks to start his two-year scholarship in the summer of 2015. He signed his first professional contract in February 2017 and spent the 2018 pre-season with Cardiff’s first team.

He joined National League North side Hereford FC on loan until the end of the season in February 2019, scoring two and assisting one in nine appearances while being an unused substitute twice.

He featured on Cardiff’s 2019 pre-season tour to America, before making his competitive Bluebirds debut as a substitute in the Carabao Cup First Round against Luton Town later on that summer.

James first joined Weston on loan in October 2019 until January, which was later extended until the end of the season. During his first spell at The Optima, he scored 13 and assisted six in 19 appearances, the season being cut short due to Covid’s first lockdown.

The entertaining forward then returned in September 2020 on a season-long loan, this time scoring six and assisting three in 11 games before being recalled by Cardiff in January 2021.

He was loaned out again in February 2021, this time to League of Ireland Premier Division side Waterford FC until the summer, where he made 12 appearances.

James’ 15-year spell with Cardiff came to an end in the summer of 2021, when he departed his boyhood club upon the expiration of his contract.

In June 2021, he signed permanently for Welsh Premier League side Penybont FC, where he scored seven in 18 games for the side during a strong start to the season.

His form for Penybont saw him make the move to League Two side Newport County in January 2022, where he would go on to make 93 appearances across his time at Rodney Parade.

James has also made appearances for the Wales youth international sides, featuring for both their Under-19 and Under-21 sides in the past.

Interested in sponsoring James for the 24/25 season? Email commercial@wsmafc.co.uk

Want to see James in action for the new campaign? Head to our club store and purchase our season tickets for the 24/25 National League South season – Purchase online HERE.

Everyone at Weston-super-Mare AFC would like to welcome James back to the club, and wish him all the best when pulling on the Seagulls shirt.

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