Double signing for County including Wales man Darcy Blake

INTERNATIONAL: Darcy Blake in action for Wales in Croatia in 2012

INTERNATIONAL: Darcy Blake in action for Wales in Croatia in 2012

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NEWPORT County are set to announce a double defensive capture today, with Wales international Darcy Blake making a shock move to Rodney Parade, writes Michael Pearlman.

The Argus can confirm that Blake and Charlton Athletic defender Kevin Feely (emergency loan) are set to be unveiled as County signings at training today, which is also serving as the Exiles' media day.

Injury to Byron Anthony and Ismail Yakubu has left County short defensively, but there is nevertheless set to be genuine shock that the Exiles have managed to secure a deal for Blake.

The 25-year old was released by Premier League outfit Crystal Palace this season and has played 14 times for Wales, dislodging Newport's James Collins to become a first choice starter under the late Wales manager Gary Speed.

Blake last played for Wales against Croatia in October 2012, but hasn't played a competitive game since featuring for the Eagles against Blackpool in December 2012.

However, Blake, under the guidance of Palace boss Tony Pulis (who released him) has opted to sign with County on non-contract terms.

Such is Blake's ties to the local area, it is hoped County might be able to make the deal a long-term arrangement should it suit both parties, having began his career with Cardiff City before a £350,000 move to the Eagles.

Ireland U21 international Kevin Feely also joins from Charlton, on loan.

The former Bohemians defender has had previous spells with Wimbledon and Carlisle on loan.

The Exiles now have to beat today's international registration deadline to ensure both players can feature tomorrow at Torquay.

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9:46am Fri 21 Mar 14

JimMachen says...

I hope this works.

Fifteen months without a game of football, dropped from the Wales team by Coleman because he wasn't fit enough for a Palace reserve team game and concerns about his fitness from Jones, Mackay and Holloway. He has been without a club for seven weeks and no-one else has taken him on in that time.

If fitness is a problem, then we have only six weeks before the end of the season to get it sorted.
I hope this works. Fifteen months without a game of football, dropped from the Wales team by Coleman because he wasn't fit enough for a Palace reserve team game and concerns about his fitness from Jones, Mackay and Holloway. He has been without a club for seven weeks and no-one else has taken him on in that time. If fitness is a problem, then we have only six weeks before the end of the season to get it sorted. JimMachen
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9:46am Fri 21 Mar 14

llandaff says...

Great! But what about someone who can actually score goals!

It´s a decent lean mean striker we need!
Great! But what about someone who can actually score goals! It´s a decent lean mean striker we need! llandaff
  • Score: 8

10:49am Fri 21 Mar 14

Dafydd y Garreg Wen says...

llandaff wrote:
Great! But what about someone who can actually score goals!

It´s a decent lean mean striker we need!
Half the battle is to stop stupid goals being scored against us. After watching our defensive frailties exposed time and time again, I think this has been a good move by JE and the Club.
[quote][p][bold]llandaff[/bold] wrote: Great! But what about someone who can actually score goals! It´s a decent lean mean striker we need![/p][/quote]Half the battle is to stop stupid goals being scored against us. After watching our defensive frailties exposed time and time again, I think this has been a good move by JE and the Club. Dafydd y Garreg Wen
  • Score: 4

10:56am Fri 21 Mar 14

JimMachen says...

Dafydd y Garreg Wen wrote:
llandaff wrote:
Great! But what about someone who can actually score goals!

It´s a decent lean mean striker we need!
Half the battle is to stop stupid goals being scored against us. After watching our defensive frailties exposed time and time again, I think this has been a good move by JE and the Club.
We''ll see.

I certainly hope so, but we have today signed two players who between them have played two competitive games of football in nearly sixteen months.
[quote][p][bold]Dafydd y Garreg Wen[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]llandaff[/bold] wrote: Great! But what about someone who can actually score goals! It´s a decent lean mean striker we need![/p][/quote]Half the battle is to stop stupid goals being scored against us. After watching our defensive frailties exposed time and time again, I think this has been a good move by JE and the Club.[/p][/quote]We''ll see. I certainly hope so, but we have today signed two players who between them have played two competitive games of football in nearly sixteen months. JimMachen
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11:16am Fri 21 Mar 14

asrncafc says...

Sorry to say it, but given the current form of these two new recruits, I believe that our beloved club is in panic mode. May I sincerely be proved wrong and would be the first to comment on the subject, should County win at Torquay with the help of these 2 players.
Sorry to say it, but given the current form of these two new recruits, I believe that our beloved club is in panic mode. May I sincerely be proved wrong and would be the first to comment on the subject, should County win at Torquay with the help of these 2 players. asrncafc
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11:22am Fri 21 Mar 14

Frankfurt says...

Well if there was ever a time to panic it's now because unless something changes County will be relegated. The main priority is to improve the awful defence and I'm pleased to that is being attempted. Blake is non-contract so there is no long term commitment and Edinburgh will soon see if he's any good.
Well if there was ever a time to panic it's now because unless something changes County will be relegated. The main priority is to improve the awful defence and I'm pleased to that is being attempted. Blake is non-contract so there is no long term commitment and Edinburgh will soon see if he's any good. Frankfurt
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11:44am Fri 21 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

Let's look on the bright side folks - extra bodies in defence where we have injuries. Let's hope it works !
Let's look on the bright side folks - extra bodies in defence where we have injuries. Let's hope it works ! Adrian Williams
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12:16pm Fri 21 Mar 14

County Till I Die says...

Well we don't need a striker now, 9 nil nils will do it!
Well we don't need a striker now, 9 nil nils will do it! County Till I Die
  • Score: 4

12:30pm Fri 21 Mar 14

chico16 says...

Looks like we have given up on a forward scoring a goal.
As we are now in survival mode for the rest of this season , I will be OK with a string of 0-0 draws.
If an 8-1-1 system works then I am all for it.---at least until the end of April.
Looks like we have given up on a forward scoring a goal. As we are now in survival mode for the rest of this season , I will be OK with a string of 0-0 draws. If an 8-1-1 system works then I am all for it.---at least until the end of April. chico16
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12:46pm Fri 21 Mar 14

chico16 says...

Some good news on Blake ---he has been training with Birmingham City and the manager was very impressed with him.
The bad news is why did Clark not sign him ?
Some good news on Blake ---he has been training with Birmingham City and the manager was very impressed with him. The bad news is why did Clark not sign him ? chico16
  • Score: 4

1:37pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Kin ell says...

Frankfurt
There is next to no chance County will be relegated the permutations that arise from the remaining fixtures of the teams below county mean that county need very few points to remain safe with Wycombe being the club most in danger of swapping places with Torquay or Northampton.
Frankfurt There is next to no chance County will be relegated the permutations that arise from the remaining fixtures of the teams below county mean that county need very few points to remain safe with Wycombe being the club most in danger of swapping places with Torquay or Northampton. Kin ell
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2:15pm Fri 21 Mar 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

chico16 wrote:
Looks like we have given up on a forward scoring a goal.
As we are now in survival mode for the rest of this season , I will be OK with a string of 0-0 draws.
If an 8-1-1 system works then I am all for it.---at least until the end of April.
What about a 11-0-0 formation. Fill up the entire goal with bodies and nothing at all will get through.
[quote][p][bold]chico16[/bold] wrote: Looks like we have given up on a forward scoring a goal. As we are now in survival mode for the rest of this season , I will be OK with a string of 0-0 draws. If an 8-1-1 system works then I am all for it.---at least until the end of April.[/p][/quote]What about a 11-0-0 formation. Fill up the entire goal with bodies and nothing at all will get through. ex-St. Julians boy
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2:16pm Fri 21 Mar 14

NakedDancer says...

There's limited option to sign useful players at this time of year. The transfer window closed 31Jan but free agents and emergencey loans can be signed up to 24Mar. Anyone who is in form and playing regular for their clubs (especially goalscorers) will not be loaned out. Hence these 2 signings to cover injuries and suspensions are needed and credit to County for doing what they can . Blake has bags of experience at just 25 and certainly was a very good player. Feely is a young player looking to make his mark (remember Gilbey). They may just step up to the mark in a leaky defence, here's hoping.
There's limited option to sign useful players at this time of year. The transfer window closed 31Jan but free agents and emergencey loans can be signed up to 24Mar. Anyone who is in form and playing regular for their clubs (especially goalscorers) will not be loaned out. Hence these 2 signings to cover injuries and suspensions are needed and credit to County for doing what they can . Blake has bags of experience at just 25 and certainly was a very good player. Feely is a young player looking to make his mark (remember Gilbey). They may just step up to the mark in a leaky defence, here's hoping. NakedDancer
  • Score: 7

4:43pm Fri 21 Mar 14

countyexile says...

llandaff wrote:
Great! But what about someone who can actually score goals!

It´s a decent lean mean striker we need!
We have the 7th best goals for in the division but only 4 teams have conceded more than us, so it's clear where the problem is and the manager has taken steps to try and rectify that.

Rather than writing off players before they have even kicked a ball for us, why not just get behind the team tomorrow and see what the new signings can do?
[quote][p][bold]llandaff[/bold] wrote: Great! But what about someone who can actually score goals! It´s a decent lean mean striker we need![/p][/quote]We have the 7th best goals for in the division but only 4 teams have conceded more than us, so it's clear where the problem is and the manager has taken steps to try and rectify that. Rather than writing off players before they have even kicked a ball for us, why not just get behind the team tomorrow and see what the new signings can do? countyexile
  • Score: 5

5:31pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Harps62 says...

countyexile wrote:
llandaff wrote:
Great! But what about someone who can actually score goals!

It´s a decent lean mean striker we need!
We have the 7th best goals for in the division but only 4 teams have conceded more than us, so it's clear where the problem is and the manager has taken steps to try and rectify that.

Rather than writing off players before they have even kicked a ball for us, why not just get behind the team tomorrow and see what the new signings can do?
That includes before Xmas of course
Last 15 games 15 goals
How many have Zeb, Crowe, Howe & Jolly got?
Spot on though got to see how they blend in tomorrow.
If we want 10 nil-nils no problem but some good teams coming so no chance of that happening
[quote][p][bold]countyexile[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]llandaff[/bold] wrote: Great! But what about someone who can actually score goals! It´s a decent lean mean striker we need![/p][/quote]We have the 7th best goals for in the division but only 4 teams have conceded more than us, so it's clear where the problem is and the manager has taken steps to try and rectify that. Rather than writing off players before they have even kicked a ball for us, why not just get behind the team tomorrow and see what the new signings can do?[/p][/quote]That includes before Xmas of course Last 15 games 15 goals How many have Zeb, Crowe, Howe & Jolly got? Spot on though got to see how they blend in tomorrow. If we want 10 nil-nils no problem but some good teams coming so no chance of that happening Harps62
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6:25pm Fri 21 Mar 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

fellow MESSAGE boarders STOP MOANING!

JUSTIN has made a couple of shrewd moves for these defenders. there is nothing like some new faces to get people back on the alert , and lift the mood of the dressing room a bit.

as for BLAKE what has EDINBURGH got to loose ? only 25, played for wales, he has too have some quality and pedigree to play for wales 14 times. if nothing else he can be a partner for CROWE at the WEIGHT WATCHERS EVENINGS ( only banter danny i am one of your biggest fans).

as for FEELY, a chance for the guy to prove himself , and you never go he could be the new OSILAJA.

VERY POSITIVE news on the board today for a change, and if they play tomorrow at TORQUAY IT COULD BE VERY INTERESTING ......

and WE ALL TRUST JUSTINS MOVES IN THE TRANSFER MARKET FOLKS , HE AS GOT IT RIGHT MORE TIMES THAN HE HAS GET IT WRONG.

So no more moaning county fans , start the build up to torquay, COME ON THE COUNTY!

AND more good news RODNEY PARADE has been chosen for the new series of SPLASH on itv, i knew BODDY was shrewd in increasing revenues streams !
fellow MESSAGE boarders STOP MOANING! JUSTIN has made a couple of shrewd moves for these defenders. there is nothing like some new faces to get people back on the alert , and lift the mood of the dressing room a bit. as for BLAKE what has EDINBURGH got to loose ? only 25, played for wales, he has too have some quality and pedigree to play for wales 14 times. if nothing else he can be a partner for CROWE at the WEIGHT WATCHERS EVENINGS ( only banter danny i am one of your biggest fans). as for FEELY, a chance for the guy to prove himself , and you never go he could be the new OSILAJA. VERY POSITIVE news on the board today for a change, and if they play tomorrow at TORQUAY IT COULD BE VERY INTERESTING ...... and WE ALL TRUST JUSTINS MOVES IN THE TRANSFER MARKET FOLKS , HE AS GOT IT RIGHT MORE TIMES THAN HE HAS GET IT WRONG. So no more moaning county fans , start the build up to torquay, COME ON THE COUNTY! AND more good news RODNEY PARADE has been chosen for the new series of SPLASH on itv, i knew BODDY was shrewd in increasing revenues streams ! COUNTYVOICE
  • Score: 1

8:25pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Adrian Williams says...

COUNTYVOICE wrote:
fellow MESSAGE boarders STOP MOANING!

JUSTIN has made a couple of shrewd moves for these defenders. there is nothing like some new faces to get people back on the alert , and lift the mood of the dressing room a bit.

as for BLAKE what has EDINBURGH got to loose ? only 25, played for wales, he has too have some quality and pedigree to play for wales 14 times. if nothing else he can be a partner for CROWE at the WEIGHT WATCHERS EVENINGS ( only banter danny i am one of your biggest fans).

as for FEELY, a chance for the guy to prove himself , and you never go he could be the new OSILAJA.

VERY POSITIVE news on the board today for a change, and if they play tomorrow at TORQUAY IT COULD BE VERY INTERESTING ......

and WE ALL TRUST JUSTINS MOVES IN THE TRANSFER MARKET FOLKS , HE AS GOT IT RIGHT MORE TIMES THAN HE HAS GET IT WRONG.

So no more moaning county fans , start the build up to torquay, COME ON THE COUNTY!

AND more good news RODNEY PARADE has been chosen for the new series of SPLASH on itv, i knew BODDY was shrewd in increasing revenues streams !
Well said mate damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. If these prove to be the signings that keep us up, then they are golden signings - let's hope so. WKWWA
[quote][p][bold]COUNTYVOICE[/bold] wrote: fellow MESSAGE boarders STOP MOANING! JUSTIN has made a couple of shrewd moves for these defenders. there is nothing like some new faces to get people back on the alert , and lift the mood of the dressing room a bit. as for BLAKE what has EDINBURGH got to loose ? only 25, played for wales, he has too have some quality and pedigree to play for wales 14 times. if nothing else he can be a partner for CROWE at the WEIGHT WATCHERS EVENINGS ( only banter danny i am one of your biggest fans). as for FEELY, a chance for the guy to prove himself , and you never go he could be the new OSILAJA. VERY POSITIVE news on the board today for a change, and if they play tomorrow at TORQUAY IT COULD BE VERY INTERESTING ...... and WE ALL TRUST JUSTINS MOVES IN THE TRANSFER MARKET FOLKS , HE AS GOT IT RIGHT MORE TIMES THAN HE HAS GET IT WRONG. So no more moaning county fans , start the build up to torquay, COME ON THE COUNTY! AND more good news RODNEY PARADE has been chosen for the new series of SPLASH on itv, i knew BODDY was shrewd in increasing revenues streams ![/p][/quote]Well said mate damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. If these prove to be the signings that keep us up, then they are golden signings - let's hope so. WKWWA Adrian Williams
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