Carmarthen Town boss makes deadline-day swoop for former Swans duo
CARMARTHEN Town have completed the double signing of former Swansea City duo Casey Thomas and Kyle Graves.
Thomas, a 21-year-old forward, was released by the Swans at the end of last season, while Graves has returned after a spell away from Richmond Park.
Thomas, who came on against Afan Lido for his Carmarthen debut on Saturday, joined Swansea's centre of excellence at under-16 level but made only two appearances for the Premier League side.
Thomas had loan spells at Colchester and Newport and made his first-team debut under Paulo Sousa, coming on as a substitute in a defeat to Middlesbrough in 2009.
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It could have been a winning Carmarthen debut for Thomas, but the Old Gold were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Afan Lido last weekend.
Jack Christopher had given the hosts a first-half lead but they were undone by a late goal from Lido's Mark Jones.
And Carmarthen manager Mark Aizlewood laid the blame on himself for the Old Gold's inability to claim all three points.
"If I had done my job correctly we would have secured three points," he said.
"The players have been magnificent in everything I have asked them to do.
"They put the club 1-0 up in the match, but late in the second half I failed in my duty as coach to make the necessary final technical adjustment which would have determined we took three points.
"I do not wish to take anything away from a resolute Afan Lido but I know that I let my players down and have learnt a harsh lesson from it.
"Sometimes in life, but especially in football, you have to put your hand up and admit when you got it wrong and I certainly did that in the last ten minutes on Friday — for which I apologise publicly to my players."
Meanwhile, the Football Association of Wales have confirmed that Evans Buildings will be responsible for building the new changing rooms at Richmond Park.