Mendes departs, Royle returns

Tim ChannonGeneral

THE Seagulls have today cancelled the contract of Paulo Mendes by mutual consent, but have arranged to take defender Jonathan Royle back on loan until the end of the season.
Portuguese-born Mendes joined the Bay in the summer as an attacking winger, but was hampered by injury early in the season.
Manager Gus Williams reported: “He wants to explore higher levels of football and we wish him well in the pursuit of his dream.
“We thank him for his contribution on and off the pitch and wish him all the best wherever the football path takes him.”
Meanwhile Gus has negotiated the return of Royle from Wrexham on loan for the rest of the season, and the 20-year-old defender goes straight into the squad for Saturday’s tough trip to title-chasing Barrow.
That comes after news of another injury to Oldham loanee Jack Truelove, who has gone back to his parent club for treatment on a recurring knee problem, and more frustration at delayed paperwork over Wigan Athletic loanee centre back Michael Wilson.
The former Liverpool youth team centre back was scheduled to make his debut at Barrow, but Wigan have delayed matters by asking for paperwork to be redone to include a clause allowing them to recall him at short notice should he be needed by the Championship strugglers.
International clearance is unlikely now to be through in time for Saturday and Gus said: “He is naturally frustrated at the delay, but he has looked good in training this week and will travel with us to Barrow anyway.”
Number two goalkeeper Josh Ollerenshaw has gone out on a month’s loan to Evostik Premier League promotion challengers Buxton to get some games and reserve team keeper Gareth Rees has been called into the squad for Saturday’s game as cover for Chris Sanna.
Second-placed Barrow have the best home record in the Conference North and go into the game boosted by snatching a thrilling 2-1 midweek win over Hednesford Town thanks to two goals in the last five minutes.
This will be the Seagulls’ first away game since Gus Williams took charge, but he said: “Barrow is a difficult place to go with their big following, but apart from the odd blip, we’ve been good on the road this season (only three sides have a better away record) and we’ll be looking to resume that form.”
Colwyn Bay (from) Sanna, Taylor, Moss, Royle, Lea, Haywood, Anoruo, Hodgson, Hopley, Baynes, Bove, Noone, Olapade, Saiel, Seddon, Rees, Williams.