Swansea hero, former Iniesta and Torres teammate, to make Merthyr Town debut

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Guillem Bauza won Swansea City promotion in 2008, now he is ready to play football at the eighth tier.

In 2010 Merthyr Tydfil FC liquidated, with a new team Merthyr Town FC forming from the ashes. They dropped down three divisions to the Western Football League division one but were soon promoted and are now fighting their way back up the ladder.

Currently the side, who play at the 1,500 seater Penydarren Park and are managed by former Welsh international and Huddersfield Town defender Steve Jenkins, are playing in the Southern Football League Division One South & West - so it is certainly not a place where you expect a former Spanish under-19 international to be plying his trade.

But that is indeed the case, as former Swansea City striker Guillem Bauza signed for Merthyr last week - and is all set to make his debut for the non-league side this weekend.

Bauza was something of a prodigy in Spain. He played with Samuel Eto'o for Mallorca. He was the strike-partner for Fernando Torres as Spain won the European under-16's championship in 2001. That Spanish team also included Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta.

He became Roberto Martinez's second signing for the club, following the arrival of Angel Rangel.

In his three years at Swansea he had some ups and downs. However he remains a folk hero among the fans. It was his goals against Gillingham that secured Swansea promotion to the Championship in 2008.

After he left in 2010 he went on to have a nomadic career with Hereford, Northampton Town and Exeter City - before a brief stint with Port Talbot Town - but nowadays the 29-year-old is more busy studying.

He is a student at Swansea University studying forensics, where he is also a part of their football team. With that in mind Merthyr snapped him up, and he may feature against Taunton Town this weekend.

So, it may not be Torres and Iniesta - but hopefully Bauza will enjoy the experience all the same.

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