MIKE FLYNN SAYS: Good luck for the future, Lee
8:00am Saturday 2nd February 2013 in Sport
THERE’S no doubt about the big news at Newport County this week – the transfer of Lee Evans to Championship club Wolves has got us all buzzing.
We’re all made up for him and his family. It’s an absolutely huge club that he’s gone to – one I’d love to have played for in my career – and it’s good that he’s got some other Welsh people around him as well, with Dean Saunders and Pat Mountain.
I had a similar situation when I left Wales for Wigan back in 2002, though they weren’t as big a club as Wolves back then.
Lee gave me a call on Wednesday and he was a bit nervous, but that just shows what kind of lad he is. As well as being a really talented player he’s a really nice boy as well and he’s got an opportunity now to change his life forever.
I appreciated him giving me a call. I’ve tried to help him, like everyone else at the club, from Glyn Jones and everyone at the academy, to the first team players and Justin Edinburgh and Jimmy Dack.
We’ve all helped him develop and it’s down to him now. If he keeps working hard enough and keeps learning I think he can go on and play in the Premier League.
He did get a bit nervous over the past few weeks but that’s understandable.
He’s 18 years old with all these big clubs watching him. It can be daunting and I think he put pressure on himself more than anything. He wanted to do well.
That’s not to say that he wanted to leave Newport but he’s a young footballer and he’s ambitious. He wants to play as high as he can and if anybody hasn’t got that ambition then they’re in the game for the wrong reasons.
People say he’s only young and he could have stayed here for a bit longer but you never know what is going to happen in football.
Touch wood it never happens, but he could get a bad injury or anything so you’ve got to take these opportunities when they come your way.
I don’t think any County fan would begrudge him success.
As soon as Wolves are safe from relegation he might get a chance to play in the Championship this season – you can’t turn that down.
I don’t know the financial side of the deal but I’m sure the club have done well out of it as well, otherwise he wouldn’t have gone, so it’s best for all parties really.
We’re going to miss giving him a bit of stick in training but we’re all delighted for him.
The world is his oyster now.
It was fun watching the madness of transfer deadline day on TV on Thursday and County played a part as well with Will Evans coming in from Hereford and Scott Donnelly from Farn-borough.
The gaffer, Jimmy and Tim Harris always do their homework on potential signings and their record hasn’t been too bad of late, so I’m sure both players will make the squad stronger.
Hopefully, both will be available for today’s match if the rain holds off and we actually get a game for once.
The weather has been very frustrating for everyone lately and it’s going to lead to a bit of a fixture backlog over the next few months, but it’s the same for all the teams in the Conference.
It might benefit us if we play more games when the pitches are better and it gives Aaron O’Connor and Max Porter a chance to get back as well.
But we’re desperate to get the game on because we want to put another three points on the board and get back to winning ways.
It’s been a long time since the Barrow game and that was a bad day but all teams have bad days.
Wrexham and Grimsby have been dropping points as well and there is a lot of football still to be played.
If we have more good days than bad days we’re going to be up there challenging come April and that is our aim.