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Woodburn, Brooks, Williams and more! The Wales stars who boosted their international hopes by securing moves in the transfer window

Wales manager Ryan Giggs now has strength in-depth at his disposal as several of his stars, along with a clutch of fringe men, switched clubs during the transfer window.

Former Man Utd winger Giggs will face some real tests in what remains of this year as his Dragons take on Denmark and Ireland in the inaugural Nations League.

The Cardiff-born boss will need players fit and firing for the encounters, with game time especially important given that the Irish are in town as early as 6th September.

Here we look at which Welshmen will be in new colours this season and how that could affect their international prospects.

Ashley Williams

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The Wales captain moves on a season-long loan from Everton to Stoke City.

Given his age, and probable competition from the likes of Chris Mepham, it will be important for the gritty central defender to get matches under his belt.

A step down but a necessary move for the former Swansea man in what could be his final few years in the Wales squad.

Ben Woodburn

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Arguably the move of the window, as far as Wales are concerned.

The teenage forward moves to Sheffield United for the season in a loan move from Liverpool.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and the final flurry of World Cup qualifying games last time out were such desperate times.

The desperate measure was to introduce young Woodburn to the fray; it worked wonders but he needed a move, and the game time it brings, for him to continue to have an impact on the international scene.

Genuinely one of those moves that benefits all parties.

Danny Ward

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Another Welshman at Liverpool who was struggling for matches under the regime of Jurgen Klopp.

Keeper Ward, heir apparent to Wayne Hennessey, signed for Leicester City in a £12.5m deal.

The former Wrexham stopper will be hoping for a chance to finally show he can cut it in the Premier League, but will face stiff club competition from Kasper Schmeichel.

Harry Wilson

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Yet another Welsh youngster who was frozen out under Klopp.

Winger Wilson has linked up with Derby County in what should be a good move.

The East Midlands side have credible promotion hopes and an extended run of games should see the 21-year-old stay in Giggs’ plans.

David Brooks

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Wales are not short of young attacking options but Brooks represents one of the most promising available.

Premier League side Bournemouth snapped him up from Sheffield United in a deal that could reportedly rise to around £11.5m.

Giggs will surely be keeping a keen eye on the development of the 21-year-old.

Declan John

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The former Cardiff City defender has played a part in all of Giggs’ games in charge of Wales thus far.

Due to apparently falling out of favour with new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard, John has been forced to move on and has been sold to Swansea City for an undisclosed fee.

While some may see the move as controversial, this is football and the wing back needs games if he is to continue to keep out the likes of Neil Taylor.

Could he become to Swansea what Andy Legg was to Cardiff?

Marley Watkins

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Watkins moved from Norwich to Bristol City in a £1m move that is unlikely to significantly raise his profile in the eyes of Giggs.

The 27-year-old, previously linked to Cardiff, has a plethora of players ahead of him in the international pecking order.

Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson, David Brooks, Tom Lawrence and Hal Robson-Kanu are all in front of him, without even mentioning the mercurial Gareth Bale.

An injury crisis could see him slot in though, with the former Barnsley man talented enough to make an impact.

Gwion Edwards

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Championship side Ipswich Town snapped up Edwards from Peterborough in transfer reportedly worth around £700,000.

The Lampeter-born 25-year-old is unlikely to threaten the starting spots of any established Wales stars but the move should solidify his place as a squad member.

As with fellow winger Watkins, expect the young man to ably step in should there be an extended Welsh casualty list.

George Thomas

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Another who has a considerable number of players ahead of him in the pecking order.

Former Coventry forward Thomas failed to make an impact on the first team with Leicester last season, and so moves to League One side Scunthorpe on a season-long loan.

His status as a Wales squad member is probably under threat, but expect the 21-year-old to make a name for himself in the future.

Andrew Crofts

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Experienced midfielder Crofts, capped 29 times for his country, has moved dropped a league to join Newport County after leaving Scunthorpe this summer.

The former Norwich man still has ambitions to play for Wales but at 34, he is unlikely to dislodge the likes of Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen.

We may have seen the last of Crofts on the international scene.

Mark Harris

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Big things are expected of the 19-year-old but with Neil Warnock preparing Cardiff for a probable relegation dogfight this season, the forward was unlikely to see much action.

The Wales U21 cap has joined Newport County on an initial six-month loan deal.

Expect to see the youngster make the step up to full international honours in the next few years.

Ellis Harrison

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The Newport-born forward has completed a £750,000 transfer to Ipswich from Bristol Rovers.

With Wales short of genuine options in striker berth, the 24-year-old could receive a squad call-up in due course.

A run of good form could see him put real pressure on current incumbents, but the shirt is Sam Vokes’ to lose at the moment.