NEWPORT County will put the finishing touches to their new look squad for the Conference this week with a double signing, including a Wales international.
Tomorrow morning the Exiles expect to announce the arrival of another striker, a versatile young player who is currently in the Conference at another club and who we have been asked not to name as a host of clubs are chasing his signature.
However, the Argus can confirm the identity of the Exiles’ long-term goalkeeper target, who is scheduled to sign on the dotted line at Spytty Park on Monday and provide major competition for Glyn Thompson.
After a summer-long chase, the Exiles will finally land Glyn Garner, a Wales international with a multitude of experience in the Football League.
A local boy returning home, Pontypool-born Garner is actually a County fan having attended Somerton Park with his father as a child.
The 33-year-old has played almost 300 games in the Football League, having spent five years at Bury, two at Leyton Orient and three with Shrewsbury Town.
He rose to prominence when Orient knocked Fulham out of the FA Cup at Craven Cottage, saving a penalty on the way to a famous win in 2006.
It was a performance that caught the eye of Wales boss John Toshack, who capped him later that year against Trinidad and Tobago.
Garner spent last season at Grays Athletic, but is understood to be keen to return to South Wales after a decade of moving around England.
“We expect to have Glyn signed on Monday, it’ll be excellent to have two very good goalkeepers pushing for the number one jersey,” boss Dean Holdsworth commented.
Current County number two goalkeeper Keiron Blackburn will remain with the Exiles but is likely to be loaned out for some much-needed first team football.