Conor Washington deal must be right for the club, says Exiles boss

South Wales Argus: WANTED MAN: Newport County striker Conor Washington WANTED MAN: Newport County striker Conor Washington

NEWPORT County AFC are determined to get the best deal possible if they are to lose striker Conor Washington this month.

The 21-year-old, County’s joint top scorer with seven goals this season, has been the subject of several bids from League One Peterborough United since the transfer window opened on January 1.

The Exiles have so far rejected every offer from Posh and boss Justin Edinburgh is still hopeful of keeping the player at Rodney Parade, at least until the summer.

But Washington, whose family remain in the Peterborough area, is understood to be keen on the move and Edinburgh admits that the deal could still go through before the window closes on January 31.

“We have received an offer from Peterborough,” Edinburgh confirmed.

“We’ve had dialogue, myself and Tim Harris, with Barry Fry and Conor is fully aware of it but as we stand now the deal isn’t progressing.

“They’ve made an offer. It’s a very good offer but I, as a manager, need to do right by the football club.”

The club stand to make a tidy profit on Washington, who was working as a postman before he arrived from part-time outfit St Ives Town in Cambridgeshire in October 2012 for a fee of around £5,000.

“Obviously it’s a step up for Conor,” said Edinburgh. “It’s on his doorstep and they’re a good club doing very well with players from the lower levels.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for him and one that we have to be realistic and honest about. Any individual wants to better himself.

“He hasn’t knocked my door down but he has made me aware that it is a fantastic opportunity for him.

“I hope we don’t lose him but you can never say never,” he added. “If I sat here and said that’s not going to happen between now and the end of the window that wouldn’t be truthful because things happen.

“But right now he’s focused and he’ll be in the squad for Saturday.”

As shown with the sale of midfielder Lee Evans to Wolverhampton Wanderers last January, County are unlikely to stand in the way of the player if the deal is right.

But they will press hard for the highest fee possible and insist on a sell-on clause. They will also need to find a replacement in the next week.

“If I was to let Conor go I would have to bring a striker in and at this time of year, this late in the window, that’s not an easy position to fill,” said Edinburgh.

“Obviously we’ve got Zebroski and O’Connor to come back from injury but you don’t know when they’ll be able to get back to form.

“The deal is a good deal for the football club and it’s a good deal for the boy but at the moment it’s not right for his teammates.”

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3:58pm Thu 23 Jan 14

ohc says...

Peterborough a fantastic opportunity. I clearly don't understand. They look like just another team that will pop between the Championship and Division 1. I would wait for a team with Premiership credentials
Peterborough a fantastic opportunity. I clearly don't understand. They look like just another team that will pop between the Championship and Division 1. I would wait for a team with Premiership credentials ohc

4:14pm Thu 23 Jan 14

sooty001 says...

Don't forget it's near to home for him, and as long as the deal is good for the County then I see nothing stopping the lad, pity though he was a good player for us but that the sort of thing that happens when you are a lower league club. But never mind ONWARD and UPWARD.
Don't forget it's near to home for him, and as long as the deal is good for the County then I see nothing stopping the lad, pity though he was a good player for us but that the sort of thing that happens when you are a lower league club. But never mind ONWARD and UPWARD. sooty001

4:44pm Thu 23 Jan 14

ohc says...

sooty001 wrote:
Don't forget it's near to home for him, and as long as the deal is good for the County then I see nothing stopping the lad, pity though he was a good player for us but that the sort of thing that happens when you are a lower league club. But never mind ONWARD and UPWARD.
Living near home is a bit old fashioned if you are ambitious. How does that work for the foreign players in the Premiership?
[quote][p][bold]sooty001[/bold] wrote: Don't forget it's near to home for him, and as long as the deal is good for the County then I see nothing stopping the lad, pity though he was a good player for us but that the sort of thing that happens when you are a lower league club. But never mind ONWARD and UPWARD.[/p][/quote]Living near home is a bit old fashioned if you are ambitious. How does that work for the foreign players in the Premiership? ohc

6:19pm Thu 23 Jan 14

DDDog1 says...

Hope he stays but if he don't good luck to him
I also hope we get a decent deal,a sell on and a decent striker in pretty quick.
Hope he stays but if he don't good luck to him I also hope we get a decent deal,a sell on and a decent striker in pretty quick. DDDog1

7:40pm Thu 23 Jan 14

phalsauce says...

Conor's only just finding his feet in Lge 2 and Posh rejected him once! Think he should stay with Justin and further his career by helping us into Lge 1. Another season will give him more experience and maybe a step up to a Championship club instead. Whatever decision he makes I wish him good luck. At this time he is just a good prospect tho. I agree with ohc's comment earlier...what is the point of going back 'home'! Stay with us Conor and then move on later.
Conor's only just finding his feet in Lge 2 and Posh rejected him once! Think he should stay with Justin and further his career by helping us into Lge 1. Another season will give him more experience and maybe a step up to a Championship club instead. Whatever decision he makes I wish him good luck. At this time he is just a good prospect tho. I agree with ohc's comment earlier...what is the point of going back 'home'! Stay with us Conor and then move on later. phalsauce

8:12pm Thu 23 Jan 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

WASHINGTON has looked the only forward likely " to make things happen" over the last few months.

to be the best COUNTY MUST HAVE THE BEST be they player or manager.

i say IGNORE THE MONEY OFFERED and work with the lad to show HIS FUTURE IS AT NEWPORT COUNTY.

for all we know we could be in LEAGUE 1 next season , CONOR'S AMBITION can grow with county's success.

JUSTIN has shown LOYALTY by turning down yet another approach now its CONOR'S TURN TO FOLLLOW SUIT .
WASHINGTON has looked the only forward likely " to make things happen" over the last few months. to be the best COUNTY MUST HAVE THE BEST be they player or manager. i say IGNORE THE MONEY OFFERED and work with the lad to show HIS FUTURE IS AT NEWPORT COUNTY. for all we know we could be in LEAGUE 1 next season , CONOR'S AMBITION can grow with county's success. JUSTIN has shown LOYALTY by turning down yet another approach now its CONOR'S TURN TO FOLLLOW SUIT . COUNTYVOICE

8:04am Fri 24 Jan 14

Ty du Exile says...

We have seen a few players leave for 'bigger' clubs over the past 3 seasons and they usually end up warming the bench or playing for the reserves. I think he'd be better off sticking with us for another season and getting even more League 2 experience under his belt. Hopefully the goals will start coming as well.
We have seen a few players leave for 'bigger' clubs over the past 3 seasons and they usually end up warming the bench or playing for the reserves. I think he'd be better off sticking with us for another season and getting even more League 2 experience under his belt. Hopefully the goals will start coming as well. Ty du Exile

9:50am Fri 24 Jan 14

llandaff says...

I am not too worried about Conor going to Peterborough. He is a striker yet he has only scored 5 times in the current campaign. This is hardly prolific. Yes he is fast but we need someone who can actually score more goals! Like Michael Gash of Kidderminster! If Kiddy go out of the cup then I think Justin should bid for Gash who would make a good replacement for Conor if he goes.
Sorry to say it but I have given up on Aaron O'Connor for this season! Jolley needs to buck his ideas up too.
I am not too worried about Conor going to Peterborough. He is a striker yet he has only scored 5 times in the current campaign. This is hardly prolific. Yes he is fast but we need someone who can actually score more goals! Like Michael Gash of Kidderminster! If Kiddy go out of the cup then I think Justin should bid for Gash who would make a good replacement for Conor if he goes. Sorry to say it but I have given up on Aaron O'Connor for this season! Jolley needs to buck his ideas up too. llandaff

12:25pm Fri 24 Jan 14

county mad says...

llandaff wrote:
I am not too worried about Conor going to Peterborough. He is a striker yet he has only scored 5 times in the current campaign. This is hardly prolific. Yes he is fast but we need someone who can actually score more goals! Like Michael Gash of Kidderminster! If Kiddy go out of the cup then I think Justin should bid for Gash who would make a good replacement for Conor if he goes.
Sorry to say it but I have given up on Aaron O'Connor for this season! Jolley needs to buck his ideas up too.
You sir are an imbecile he is 21 and shows tremendous potential Jolley is recovering from a groin operation and still needs to build his confidence that his repair will hold up. UP THE COUNTY!!!!
[quote][p][bold]llandaff[/bold] wrote: I am not too worried about Conor going to Peterborough. He is a striker yet he has only scored 5 times in the current campaign. This is hardly prolific. Yes he is fast but we need someone who can actually score more goals! Like Michael Gash of Kidderminster! If Kiddy go out of the cup then I think Justin should bid for Gash who would make a good replacement for Conor if he goes. Sorry to say it but I have given up on Aaron O'Connor for this season! Jolley needs to buck his ideas up too.[/p][/quote]You sir are an imbecile he is 21 and shows tremendous potential Jolley is recovering from a groin operation and still needs to build his confidence that his repair will hold up. UP THE COUNTY!!!! county mad

1:49pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Missing Somerton says...

Yes Connor should wait for a better club to come in for him. After all there's a good chance County will be playing Peterborough next season.

And I agree with County mad he has great potential - Once he learns to hit the net not the woodwork!
Yes Connor should wait for a better club to come in for him. After all there's a good chance County will be playing Peterborough next season. And I agree with County mad he has great potential - Once he learns to hit the net not the woodwork! Missing Somerton

2:16pm Fri 24 Jan 14

llandaff says...

county mad wrote:
llandaff wrote:
I am not too worried about Conor going to Peterborough. He is a striker yet he has only scored 5 times in the current campaign. This is hardly prolific. Yes he is fast but we need someone who can actually score more goals! Like Michael Gash of Kidderminster! If Kiddy go out of the cup then I think Justin should bid for Gash who would make a good replacement for Conor if he goes.
Sorry to say it but I have given up on Aaron O'Connor for this season! Jolley needs to buck his ideas up too.
You sir are an imbecile he is 21 and shows tremendous potential Jolley is recovering from a groin operation and still needs to build his confidence that his repair will hold up. UP THE COUNTY!!!!
County Mad ..Can you please limit your childish comments to non personal ones. Your comments are most objectionable "sir". I am entitled to my own opinion having supported County for over 50 years.
I have seen many players come and go and in my opinion like it or not "sir",as a goal scorer, Conor is nothing special to get worked up about.
He is just not ruthless enough. "Potential" I am afraid does not get us goals. Also if I think Jolley needs to pull his finger out and start scoring goals again that is my opinion. We cannot afford to continually have passengers in the team. Yes UP THE COUNTY! See you at the Rovers game!
[quote][p][bold]county mad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]llandaff[/bold] wrote: I am not too worried about Conor going to Peterborough. He is a striker yet he has only scored 5 times in the current campaign. This is hardly prolific. Yes he is fast but we need someone who can actually score more goals! Like Michael Gash of Kidderminster! If Kiddy go out of the cup then I think Justin should bid for Gash who would make a good replacement for Conor if he goes. Sorry to say it but I have given up on Aaron O'Connor for this season! Jolley needs to buck his ideas up too.[/p][/quote]You sir are an imbecile he is 21 and shows tremendous potential Jolley is recovering from a groin operation and still needs to build his confidence that his repair will hold up. UP THE COUNTY!!!![/p][/quote]County Mad ..Can you please limit your childish comments to non personal ones. Your comments are most objectionable "sir". I am entitled to my own opinion having supported County for over 50 years. I have seen many players come and go and in my opinion like it or not "sir",as a goal scorer, Conor is nothing special to get worked up about. He is just not ruthless enough. "Potential" I am afraid does not get us goals. Also if I think Jolley needs to pull his finger out and start scoring goals again that is my opinion. We cannot afford to continually have passengers in the team. Yes UP THE COUNTY! See you at the Rovers game! llandaff

7:24pm Fri 24 Jan 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

county mad its easy to hide behind a username.....behave
county mad its easy to hide behind a username.....behave COUNTYVOICE

10:14pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Harps62 says...

COUNTYVOICE wrote:
county mad its easy to hide behind a username.....behave
Spot on County Voice
Close to being reported with that stupid comment County Mad
[quote][p][bold]COUNTYVOICE[/bold] wrote: county mad its easy to hide behind a username.....behave[/p][/quote]Spot on County Voice Close to being reported with that stupid comment County Mad Harps62

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