DIRECTOR of football Andy Preece is delighted to have captured the signature of striker Chris Simm, who was the leading scorer at Bangor City last season.

The 29-year-old hit 21 league goals from 30 appearances in his debut domestic league season, second only to Michael Wilde of TNS in the race for the league's Golden Boot award.

Simm's goals included a hat-trick in a 3-2 win at Airbus back in September and another in a 2-0 home win for City in November.

And he was again the scourge of Andy Preece's men when he scored the only goal which knocked the Wingmakers out of the Welsh Cup at the quarter final stage in March.

"Chris is someone who I tried to sign when he was at Leigh RMI and I was manager at Worcester City and I have watched him score regularly ever since and been on the receiving end a few times," says Airbus UK director of football Andy Preece.

"It's a case of better late than never and at an age where he is still at his peak and scoring goals for fun. 

"The second top scorer in the league last year he is a major signing for us and alongside Steve Jones and our attacking players from last year we are going to have a potent strike force whichever combinations play. 

"I'm really excited about the squad we've put together."

Simm started his career as a trainee at Wrexham but came to prominence as a prolific striker with Leigh RMI and Hyde, for whom he scored 39 goals in two seasons including a six-minute hat trick on his home debut.

He then switched to Southport for whom he scored 19 goals and also had a loan spell with Chorley prior to joining Chester in January 2011.

Despite ending the season as joint top scorer with 15 goals, including a hat-trick in Chester's last game of the season against Marine, he was released by manager Neil Young and signed for the Citizens.

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