NICKY Ward, the 35-year-old ex-TNS, Bangor City and Newtown midfielder, has tonight signed a one-year deal with the Wingmakers to become the second signing of the day for director of football Andy Preece.
Although Ward had agreed terms to join Conwy Borough, the Huws Gray Alliance registration window has not yet opened and the Musselmen agreed to the player's switch from Newtown to the Hollingsworth Group Stadium.
"We are delighted to sign Nicky, his experience in both Europe and the Welsh Premier League will be invaluable to us," says Airbus chief operating officer Stewart Roberts.
"Airbus and Nicky would like to place on record our thanks to Conwy and their manager Chris Herbert for their cooperation and understanding in the matter."
Ward, who was club captain, was one of four players released by Newtown manager Bernard McNally at the end of the season.
He played with Wrexham and Shrewsbury Town before first joining the Robins in 1998 and then leaving to sign for TNS and play a part in the 2000 title win.
Ward spent eight seasons with the Saints during which time he added three more league title medals as well as the Welsh Cup, League Cup and FAW Premier Cup, but he was not offered terms for 2007/8.
He moved to London where he signed for Welling United, returning to the league with Cefn Druids in June 2008, moving back to Newtown in January 2009.
But he then transferred to Bangor City a year later and was a member of the squad that won the Welsh Premier title, before making a surprise return to TNS in August 2011, helping the club to a league and Welsh Cup double in 2011/12.
Ward then left TNS by mutual consent in August last year and rejoined Newtown for a third time and has scored 88 goals from 272 (+46) WPL appearances. He has also made 19 European appearances, scoring once.