County linked with move for Robert Earnshaw

COACHING COURSE: Robert Earnshaw at Dragon Park, Newport, last month

COACHING COURSE: Robert Earnshaw at Dragon Park, Newport, last month

First published in Sport South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

FORMER Wales international Robert Earnshaw is being linked with a move to Newport County AFC.

The 33-year-old striker is a free agent after being released by Blackpool.

The Daily Mail reports that Earnshaw, who last played for Wales in 2012, has been offered a contract by the Exiles.

The Mail report reads: “Robert Earnshaw is considering an offer to play for ambitious Newport.

“The much-travelled 33-year-old is the only player to score a hat-trick in all divisions of the English Football League and is a free agent after leaving Blackpool at the end of the season.

“The League Two side are managed by former Tottenham defender Justin Edinburgh who recognises Earnshaw still has the ability to score goals.”

Earnshaw has been in Newport in recent weeks as he completed his UEFA B coaching licence with the Football Association of Wales at Dragon Park.

The player posted the following on Twitter on June 20: “First day of the @FAWCoachEd B licence done 6 more to go. Learning the game from a different angle will also help me get better playing.

“By the way it's only preparation. I’ve still got years to play yet.”

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1:16pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

Assuming that the wages are not inflated, this could be a shrewd bit of business for a proven goalscorer on a free. We lacked goals last season and I have been thinking of late that it might be risky going into the next campaign with no new strikers (the young lad from Gloucester City aside).
Assuming that the wages are not inflated, this could be a shrewd bit of business for a proven goalscorer on a free. We lacked goals last season and I have been thinking of late that it might be risky going into the next campaign with no new strikers (the young lad from Gloucester City aside). Sing up for the amber boys
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1:35pm Fri 4 Jul 14

County Snakeman says...

Yes, could be a shrewd move, but we would have to ship out some strikers, otherwise we'll have to play a 2-2-6 formation!
Yes, could be a shrewd move, but we would have to ship out some strikers, otherwise we'll have to play a 2-2-6 formation! County Snakeman
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3:12pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

County Snakeman wrote:
Yes, could be a shrewd move, but we would have to ship out some strikers, otherwise we'll have to play a 2-2-6 formation!
Danny Crow should be first out the door
[quote][p][bold]County Snakeman[/bold] wrote: Yes, could be a shrewd move, but we would have to ship out some strikers, otherwise we'll have to play a 2-2-6 formation![/p][/quote]Danny Crow should be first out the door Sing up for the amber boys
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5:33pm Fri 4 Jul 14

JimMachen says...

I'm sure that we can't (or shouldn't) match what Blackpool were paying him, but if he is astute enough to realise that he hasn't got too long left in the game as a football league player and is prepared to accept lower league wages, then I'm sure that he would be a very good signing.
I'm sure that we can't (or shouldn't) match what Blackpool were paying him, but if he is astute enough to realise that he hasn't got too long left in the game as a football league player and is prepared to accept lower league wages, then I'm sure that he would be a very good signing. JimMachen
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5:46pm Fri 4 Jul 14

JimMachen says...

JimMachen wrote:
I'm sure that we can't (or shouldn't) match what Blackpool were paying him, but if he is astute enough to realise that he hasn't got too long left in the game as a football league player and is prepared to accept lower league wages, then I'm sure that he would be a very good signing.
EDIT: I read this before reading the update stating that Justin had "laughed off" the Daily Mail report.

Whatever the truth of the report, the suggestion that it had been "laughed off", whether it is just reporting terminology or a reflection of what Justin actually said, the phrasing is poor.

If Justin decides that he wants Earnshaw in the next couple of weeks or so, Earnshaw might just be inclined to tell him to stick it.
[quote][p][bold]JimMachen[/bold] wrote: I'm sure that we can't (or shouldn't) match what Blackpool were paying him, but if he is astute enough to realise that he hasn't got too long left in the game as a football league player and is prepared to accept lower league wages, then I'm sure that he would be a very good signing.[/p][/quote]EDIT: I read this before reading the update stating that Justin had "laughed off" the Daily Mail report. Whatever the truth of the report, the suggestion that it had been "laughed off", whether it is just reporting terminology or a reflection of what Justin actually said, the phrasing is poor. If Justin decides that he wants Earnshaw in the next couple of weeks or so, Earnshaw might just be inclined to tell him to stick it. JimMachen
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6:13pm Fri 4 Jul 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

It's an entirely accurate report of Justin's response to our question.
It's an entirely accurate report of Justin's response to our question. Kevin Ward - Editor
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7:01pm Fri 4 Jul 14

JimMachen says...

Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
It's an entirely accurate report of Justin's response to our question.
In which case, let's hope that Justin is a bit more prudent with any future prospective signings.

The last thing any player from a higher level wants to hear if his agent is in contact with us and the national press gets hold of it is that our manager has "laughed it off".

Decorum can be a good and advantageous thing.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: It's an entirely accurate report of Justin's response to our question.[/p][/quote]In which case, let's hope that Justin is a bit more prudent with any future prospective signings. The last thing any player from a higher level wants to hear if his agent is in contact with us and the national press gets hold of it is that our manager has "laughed it off". Decorum can be a good and advantageous thing. JimMachen
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