When a JD Cymru Premier side teases a new signing on social media very rarely will people get over excited.
A lot of the time it is a name people in Welsh football and non-league circles have heard of.
It may be a journeyman or a well known face that won’t really bring any surprises.
However The New Saints’ announcement of their new signing, who is a well known striker in the league, has come as somewhat of a shock and as a statement of intent from the club.
The announcement that the club have signed former Cardiff Met striker Adam Roscrow for a record fee on a three year deal will do everything it is meant to do.
It will make those in the league and various people in the non-league system sit up and take notice.
The 25-year-old striker has been signed from AFC Wimbledon where he made 17 appearances for the Dons.
That came on the back of 34 goals in 79 appearances for Cardiff Met, since their promotion to the Cymru Premier.
Like many clubs do, TNS have teased the words ‘record fee’, without actually specifiying what that fee is, something that will keep fans guessing.
But regardless of the fee, the signing represents that age old footballing cliche, ‘a statement of intent’.
By signing Roscrow from League One, it shows that the club’s ambitions are still there despite their grip of dominance on Welsh football loosening somewhat over the last 18 months.
The Saints would have been reeling after conceding the title to Connah’s Quay Nomads last season on the points per game basis.
It ended a ten plus year strong hold on the league which may have been boring for many, but it was something you couldn’t help admire.
After years of trophies they have suffered somewhat compared to their usual standards in the last 18 months, and that coincided with a lot of seasoned top class professionals moving on.
The cycle of the side that was so dominant under a string of managers wavered a bit, which was partially down to those big names coming to the end of their careers, or leaving for pastures new.
Last season would have hit the club and those who run it, both personally and pride wise, and as a club, financially because of the drop in European revenue having only qualified for the Europa League.
But what manager Scott Ruscoe has done is build his squad in a prudent manner. Now he has had the chance to spend on a marquee signing, and he has bagged someone who shows that the Saints are still there and have eyes only for getting their silverware back.
Some may question Roscrow coming back to the league having already made that significant jump into the third tier of English football.
But on the flip side, it shows the Saints ambition’s are still alive and kicking and that the JD Cymru Premier is still an attractive proposition for players on the other side of the fence.
We’re led to believe this isn’t going to be the last bit of January business from the former Champions.
And if the first signing is anything to go by, it could be an exciting window for the Saints.
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