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Venables, Corbisiero heading for the exit

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

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AFAN Lido could hand a debut to goalkeeper Kristian Rogers for tomorrow's home clash with Llanelli.

Rogers, who has also played for Wrexham, Sheffield United, Worksop, Northwich, Airbus and Port Talbot Town, has joined the club from Conwy Borough.

But heading out of the Marston's Stadium is fellow keeper Chris Curtis. He has made the short move to MacWhirter Welsh League division one strugglers Goytre United.

Tomorrow's clash sees the bottom two sides in the Welsh Premier League square up.

Although neither can qualify for the top-half competition when the league splits into two, both sides will be seeking confidence-boosting wins.

Midfielders Chris Venables and Antonio Corbisiero are on the verge of leaving Llanelli after a week in which two other players also passed through the Stebonheath Park exit door.

But a couple of players could return to the Reds.

Chris Thomas has joined Bangor, while Corey Jenkins moved to Welsh League division two leaders Goytre.

Now Venables and Corbisiero look set to depart as well.

Both are thought to be close to agreeing moves to Aberystwyth.

But Reds manager Bob Jeffrey insists no-one will go out or come in before tomorrow's game.

"No-one will go until after the Afan Lido game, " said Jeffrey.

"We'll concentrate on Afan Lido and after that we will discuss people going.

"I can't see us losing a lot of players, and we won't let them go until we can bring replacements in.

"Those players are under contract so they can't go unless we say they can.

"Antonio has just brought a house in Aberystwyth so it would make sense for him to move there.

"Chris Venables lives in Mid Wales, but nothing will happen before the weekend."

Corbisiero began his career at Swansea City but was released in May 2005 and joined Newport.

After a brief spell with the Exiles he switched to Llanelli in September of that year, where he has been ever since.

The 24-year-old has made more than 200 appearances over eight seasons for the Reds.

Shrewsbury Town youth product Venables has spent the last four campaigns with Llanelli.

A Welsh Under-23 semi-pro international, he has also had spells at Caersws, Welshpool and Aberystwyth, whom he joined from in 2009.

But Llanelli old boys Wyn Thomas and Jordan Follows are believed to be in Llanelli's sights.

Follows left for Aberystwyth last summer following a successful loan spell. Before that the striker had spent six seasons with Llanelli during which time he earned a Wales Under-21 call.

Wyn Thomas went to Aberystwyth a year earlier after five years with Llanelli. The vastly experienced midfielder has played nearly 450 Welsh Premier League games.

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