Edinburgh: Exiles need new blood
NEWPORT County will immediately look to strengthen their squad with two new signings and may axe a couple of their current crop, boss Justin Edinburgh has revealed.
The Exiles, still top of the Conference, lost their unbeaten home record on Saturday, losing 3-2 to Woking, the third time in seven days the previously mean County defence had conceded three.
And following the humiliating FA Cup exit to lowly Yate Town (88 places below County in the Football League pyramid), Edinburgh has decided now is the time to boost his ranks.
The former Tottenham defender had been keen to press on without disrupting his squad, but has now vowed to bring in two new additions before County’s next game, at home to Cambridge a week tomorrow.
He said: “I didn’t want to disrupt things for the sake of it, to change a squad that has worked tremendously hard to get us to the top of the league.
“On Saturday we conceded two sloppy goals early and gave ourselves an uphill task. We are disappointed to lose.
“We’ve lost our unbeaten record at home and there are a lot of things to work on, but the main thing to work on is to freshen things up.
“Over the next ten days we will work on that.”
When asked if signing new players would be realistic, Edinburgh responded emphatically.
“It’s very realistic. It’s simple,” he said. “Of course we have targets, we are in a position where we can’t look back and have to look forward. We have to try and maintain where we are in the league and I’ll certainly give it everything I’ve got.
“If those players aren’t good enough to continue I’ll have to try and bring fresh bodies in and maybe one or two will have to leave the club, but they’ve been given an opportunity.
“We hope to have one or two in before next week. We need to freshen things up, that’s for sure.”
Edinburgh is likely to target a defender, as many fans have been calling for, but the Argus understands he may also look to add another forward, not all that surprising seeing as how most of County’s best football this season has been with them playing 4-3-3.
Striker Jake Harris, who has barely featured this term, would seem an obvious candidate for a loan should Edinburgh sign another frontman, while Ryan Charles has also been a peripheral figure.
“Let’s be honest, did we think we’d be top of the league in November? No. But we are where we are and we want to stay there,” he said.
“If some players I’ve brought to the club aren’t good enough to keep us where we are maybe I’ll have to change things.
“I gave the players every chance, you have to assess things and sometimes you have to change your plans. We have to re-address things and if we have to change one or two that’s what we’ll do and that’s how I feel.”