Robbie Willmott wings in for Exiles

BOUND FOR PARADE: Winger Robbie Willmott, seen here in action for Cambridge United

BOUND FOR PARADE: Winger Robbie Willmott, seen here in action for Cambridge United

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

NEWPORT County have boosted their ranks with the signing of Cambridge United winger Robbie Willmott and are continuing to push for the signature of AFC Wimbledon striker Christian Jolley.

The Argus can reveal that Willmott took part in his first training session with his new club yesterday and put pen to paper shortly afterwards on an 18-month contract.

While the fee for Willmott has been announced as undisclosed, the Argus understands that there is no payment up front and any future fee is dependent on the Exiles gaining promotion to League Two.

County are also understood to have re-opened talks with the Dons over boss Justin Edinburgh’s principle target, Jolley.

The forward scored five goals in five appearances on loan at Newport and the club had a bid, understood to have been around £20,000 turned down just before Christmas with the League Two strugglers understood to be seeking nearly double that amount.

Boss Edinburgh subsequently ended negotiations and since then Forest Green Rovers, Luton Town, Dartford and Wrexham are all believed to have been in discussions over the player.

However, the Argus understands that Jolley favours a return to Rodney Parade and talks will continue as County look to land a real coup by completing the deal for a player coveted by their rivals.

Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley seemed to open the door to a Jolley departure by commenting yesterday (when asked whether Newport and Forest Green Rovers were interested).

“Christian has to be realistic and make sure he gets the right deal,” he said.

“If he wants to go out and be a star player then he needs to look at one of those clubs. It is in Christian’s hands, we’ve said we’re happy to let him go if the fee is right.”

Willmott signs in time to face Lincoln tomorrow and boss Edinburgh believes his signing represents a significant coup for County, Willmott having featured in the playoffs, been selected in the Conference team of the season, played for England C and commanded a £50,000 transfer fee, and he’s still only 22.

He explained: “Every time I have come across him as a manager he has caused havoc and he is one that I have kept an eye on him.

“He can play on either wing or through the middle and that gives us an extra dimension.

“This is a signing we feel of real quality and he’s someone who adds to the squad.

“I’ve said before and will reiterate, January is a really terrible time to try and make signings,” he said. “Normally it’s hard to get the right players in, which is why this deal is so pleasing.”

Willmott is a former teammate of both Aaron O’Connor and Danny Crow at Luton Town and O’Connor took to Twitter within minutes of him signing to praise the move.

County’s leading scorer posted: “Buzzing my ex-teammate and good pal Robbie Willmott has signed for us today. #Welcometothefamil.y”

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9:08am Fri 11 Jan 13

llandaff says...

I will say it yet again WHAT ABOUT OUR DEFENSE?!!!
I will say it yet again WHAT ABOUT OUR DEFENSE?!!! llandaff
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9:13am Fri 11 Jan 13

rhinestine says...

UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!
UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! rhinestine
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9:22am Fri 11 Jan 13

Nptsportsfan says...

Bloody hell Rhinestine i've ordered you a county kit Lol. How u doing?
Bloody hell Rhinestine i've ordered you a county kit Lol. How u doing? Nptsportsfan
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9:35am Fri 11 Jan 13

ncfcr says...

llandaff wrote:
I will say it yet again WHAT ABOUT OUR DEFENSE?!!!
Defending is done from the front. With Crowe returning and maybe some another additions, I imagine the ball won't be returning back to whence it came every 5 seconds.
[quote][p][bold]llandaff[/bold] wrote: I will say it yet again WHAT ABOUT OUR DEFENSE?!!![/p][/quote]Defending is done from the front. With Crowe returning and maybe some another additions, I imagine the ball won't be returning back to whence it came every 5 seconds. ncfcr
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9:42am Fri 11 Jan 13

netala says...

let`s hope the money they saved on not paying a fee for willmott, will free money to increase bid for jolley. what a front line with the two of them there, hopefully interchanging with each other and running amok at defences. but the issue of our defence is still there, must be strengthened.
let`s hope the money they saved on not paying a fee for willmott, will free money to increase bid for jolley. what a front line with the two of them there, hopefully interchanging with each other and running amok at defences. but the issue of our defence is still there, must be strengthened. netala
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10:04am Fri 11 Jan 13

the dork says...

Is this permanent or only til aweek wednesday if he scores twice? up the Wonga
Is this permanent or only til aweek wednesday if he scores twice? up the Wonga the dork
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10:06am Fri 11 Jan 13

the dork says...

Nice picture of Wilmots backside well done Argus we will recognisehim ashe legs it over the severn bridge
Nice picture of Wilmots backside well done Argus we will recognisehim ashe legs it over the severn bridge the dork
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10:20am Fri 11 Jan 13

Owain Vaughan says...

If you'd actually read the article it does in fact state in the second paragraph: "an 18-month contract".
If you'd actually read the article it does in fact state in the second paragraph: "an 18-month contract". Owain Vaughan
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10:37am Fri 11 Jan 13

Exile Elmo says...

the dork wrote:
Nice picture of Wilmots backside well done Argus we will recognisehim ashe legs it over the severn bridge
erm.. I think you may have him mixed up with Gary Willmott.. Cambridge also play in "amber"
[quote][p][bold]the dork[/bold] wrote: Nice picture of Wilmots backside well done Argus we will recognisehim ashe legs it over the severn bridge[/p][/quote]erm.. I think you may have him mixed up with Gary Willmott.. Cambridge also play in "amber" Exile Elmo
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11:24am Fri 11 Jan 13

county mad says...

Rhinestine look forward to welcomeing you RP
Rhinestine look forward to welcomeing you RP county mad
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11:35am Fri 11 Jan 13

llandaff says...

ncfcr wrote:
llandaff wrote:
I will say it yet again WHAT ABOUT OUR DEFENSE?!!!
Defending is done from the front. With Crowe returning and maybe some another additions, I imagine the ball won't be returning back to whence it came every 5 seconds.
And I suppose the opposition is just going to stand back in awe and let it happen. The last two games gainst FGR and Wrexham (I was at both) highlighted the sloppines of the County DEFENSE. County look great going forward but are being caught out with gaping holes at the back, currently attempting to be covered by a goal keeper who is also way off form. Action is required here as our goal difference is being squeezed.
[quote][p][bold]ncfcr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]llandaff[/bold] wrote: I will say it yet again WHAT ABOUT OUR DEFENSE?!!![/p][/quote]Defending is done from the front. With Crowe returning and maybe some another additions, I imagine the ball won't be returning back to whence it came every 5 seconds.[/p][/quote]And I suppose the opposition is just going to stand back in awe and let it happen. The last two games gainst FGR and Wrexham (I was at both) highlighted the sloppines of the County DEFENSE. County look great going forward but are being caught out with gaping holes at the back, currently attempting to be covered by a goal keeper who is also way off form. Action is required here as our goal difference is being squeezed. llandaff
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11:44am Fri 11 Jan 13

Exile Elmo says...

surely we are a team to play 3-5-2?
yak-james-hughes
pipe-evans-porter-fl
ynn-sandell
oconner-crow

at least as a plan B

or

4-3-3 as a plan A, which seems to be JE preference
surely we are a team to play 3-5-2? yak-james-hughes pipe-evans-porter-fl ynn-sandell oconner-crow at least as a plan B or 4-3-3 as a plan A, which seems to be JE preference Exile Elmo
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11:46am Fri 11 Jan 13

Exile Elmo says...

fl and ynn are the Korean players coming in.....
fl and ynn are the Korean players coming in..... Exile Elmo
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11:55am Fri 11 Jan 13

D Taylor says...

"principal" not "principle".
"principal" not "principle". D Taylor
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12:50pm Fri 11 Jan 13

rhinestine says...

Nptsportsfan wrote:
Bloody hell Rhinestine i've ordered you a county kit Lol. How u doing?
Hi, thank you!! ...... I have to admit, I went over to watch the Braintree game and thought the atmosphere was great, I seen alot of people who I know there too.

The chanting and the enthusiasm from the fans was great too.

Whilst I am not converted fullly, but, as long as the home side wear black and amber on that pitch, I am happy!

I will continue to throw the odd wind up in here and there!

Happy new year and all the best for the remainder of the season!

UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Nptsportsfan[/bold] wrote: Bloody hell Rhinestine i've ordered you a county kit Lol. How u doing?[/p][/quote]Hi, thank you!! ...... I have to admit, I went over to watch the Braintree game and thought the atmosphere was great, I seen alot of people who I know there too. The chanting and the enthusiasm from the fans was great too. Whilst I am not converted fullly, but, as long as the home side wear black and amber on that pitch, I am happy! I will continue to throw the odd wind up in here and there! Happy new year and all the best for the remainder of the season! UP THE COUNTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!! rhinestine
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12:52pm Fri 11 Jan 13

rhinestine says...

county mad wrote:
Rhinestine look forward to welcomeing you RP
Thank you....I have been! It was good!
[quote][p][bold]county mad[/bold] wrote: Rhinestine look forward to welcomeing you RP[/p][/quote]Thank you....I have been! It was good! rhinestine
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4:14pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Nptsportsfan says...

Great stuff glad you enjoyed it, I went to the Connacht game which was a good win, unusual cos they started badly and won, they usually start well and lose in the games I went to last season.

Best of luck to all in amber and black as you say.
Great stuff glad you enjoyed it, I went to the Connacht game which was a good win, unusual cos they started badly and won, they usually start well and lose in the games I went to last season. Best of luck to all in amber and black as you say. Nptsportsfan
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8:40pm Fri 11 Jan 13

AMBERLING says...

llandaff wrote:
ncfcr wrote:
llandaff wrote:
I will say it yet again WHAT ABOUT OUR DEFENSE?!!!
Defending is done from the front. With Crowe returning and maybe some another additions, I imagine the ball won't be returning back to whence it came every 5 seconds.
And I suppose the opposition is just going to stand back in awe and let it happen. The last two games gainst FGR and Wrexham (I was at both) highlighted the sloppines of the County DEFENSE. County look great going forward but are being caught out with gaping holes at the back, currently attempting to be covered by a goal keeper who is also way off form. Action is required here as our goal difference is being squeezed.
Quite agree, as I have posted similar recently. Why our (ex-defender) manager is oblivious to these holes I don't know because everyone else seems to be aware of them - especially the opposition ! Why he's not strengthening our leaky defence is incomprehensible. I would still rather see Sandell and Pipe operating in midfield with two recognized fullbacks behind them . They could close down potential attacks before they reached the defenders as well as support our strike force. So come on Justin and Jimmy, wake up to this weakness before we blow the best chance we've had to regain our League status, PLEASE !!!-
[quote][p][bold]llandaff[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ncfcr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]llandaff[/bold] wrote: I will say it yet again WHAT ABOUT OUR DEFENSE?!!![/p][/quote]Defending is done from the front. With Crowe returning and maybe some another additions, I imagine the ball won't be returning back to whence it came every 5 seconds.[/p][/quote]And I suppose the opposition is just going to stand back in awe and let it happen. The last two games gainst FGR and Wrexham (I was at both) highlighted the sloppines of the County DEFENSE. County look great going forward but are being caught out with gaping holes at the back, currently attempting to be covered by a goal keeper who is also way off form. Action is required here as our goal difference is being squeezed.[/p][/quote]Quite agree, as I have posted similar recently. Why our (ex-defender) manager is oblivious to these holes I don't know because everyone else seems to be aware of them - especially the opposition ! Why he's not strengthening our leaky defence is incomprehensible. I would still rather see Sandell and Pipe operating in midfield with two recognized fullbacks behind them . They could close down potential attacks before they reached the defenders as well as support our strike force. So come on Justin and Jimmy, wake up to this weakness before we blow the best chance we've had to regain our League status, PLEASE !!!- AMBERLING
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