County target Blake stay

South Wales Argus: Darcy Blake (4871816) Darcy Blake (4871816)

NEWPORT County AFC are keen to swoop for defender Darcy Blake but fear they’ll be priced out in the battle to land the Wales cap, the Argus can reveal.

The Gwent-born 25-year old became a shock signing for the Exiles just before the close of the emergency loan window after Premier League Crystal Palace – who spent £400,000 on Blake – agreed to cancel his contract.

Blake signed non-contract forms with his local club in order to return to full fitness and it is understood he’s on a fraction of the wages he’s enjoyed in the past, not even earning big money relative to the other Newport players.

Capped 14-times by Wales and once a crowd favourite at Cardiff City, Blake’s pedigree for League Two is undeniable.

And manager Edinburgh hasn’t entirely given up hope of convincing Blake to stay at the club in the longer term.

“The first thing was just getting him to the club, even as a non-contract signing not everyone would’ve expected that to be entirely realistic,” he said.

“But we did get him here and I know he’s enjoying himself here.

“Any manager with a player of that quality, he’s going to want to keep him. With a pre-season under his belt, Darcy would be an immense talent at this level.

“He’s had a heads up, if you like, about what we are doing as a club and how we operate; he’s had a chance to see it first hand.

“We know what football is like and we’re aware the grass is often greener. Darcy should and probably will join a higher division club, but that shouldn’t and won’t stop us fighting to keep him and convince him to stay here.

“Finances will play a part, definitely, but Darcy is a homeboy, he loves being with friends and family and that could be in our favour.

“Sometimes playing good football and being happy in your home life go hand-in-hand.”

Meanwhile, the club have also moved to explain the involvement of Les Scadding, the chairman, who has been the subject of fan speculation after embarking on a round-the-world trip in recent months.

County have explained that while the lottery winner is travelling, with the aid of 21st century technology, he’s still very much a vocal presence at the club.

The Argus can reveal that Scadding speaks to chief executive Dave Boddy every other day, to manager Justin Edinburgh a couple of times a week and to fellow director Howard Greenhaf on a daily basis, either via internet or phone-calls.

“The chairman speaks to people most days and Howard every day, he also keeps abreast with fan opinion and what is being written about the club,” a spokesman confirmed to the Argus.

A minority of supporters have criticised Scadding online for his failure to attend recent games.

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7:42am Fri 11 Apr 14

sooty001 says...

See, if someone had just said that the The Chairman is on a world cruise no one would bothered to speculate about his involvement on these pages, but no one from the club said anything thus resulting in lots of rumours, could have stopped a lot of rubbish being talked about, enjoy your holiday Les.
See, if someone had just said that the The Chairman is on a world cruise no one would bothered to speculate about his involvement on these pages, but no one from the club said anything thus resulting in lots of rumours, could have stopped a lot of rubbish being talked about, enjoy your holiday Les. sooty001
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9:19am Fri 11 Apr 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

Well if Chairman Les is on a world cruise ... where's my postcard. That's what I'd like to know.
Well if Chairman Les is on a world cruise ... where's my postcard. That's what I'd like to know. ex-St. Julians boy
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9:41am Fri 11 Apr 14

netala says...

agree with sooty001. if someone , anyone had put out this information all this wild speculation would have been unnecessary .
agree with sooty001. if someone , anyone had put out this information all this wild speculation would have been unnecessary . netala
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11:00am Fri 11 Apr 14

JimMachen says...

Surely we had a top notch media officer who kept us all up to date about happenings at the club?
Surely we had a top notch media officer who kept us all up to date about happenings at the club? JimMachen
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5:24pm Fri 11 Apr 14

jiffygeorge says...

Forget about the chairman's holiday. I think keeping Blake would be a very costly mistake. His 'quality' is not obvious to me and I would look for someone who can command an aerial battle. which he cannot.
Forget about the chairman's holiday. I think keeping Blake would be a very costly mistake. His 'quality' is not obvious to me and I would look for someone who can command an aerial battle. which he cannot. jiffygeorge
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5:47pm Fri 11 Apr 14

NakedDancer says...

jiffygeorge wrote:
Forget about the chairman's holiday. I think keeping Blake would be a very costly mistake. His 'quality' is not obvious to me and I would look for someone who can command an aerial battle. which he cannot.
Blake was a good player and probably will be again in the future but he is not the tall, strong experienced League 2 warrior and leader that County desperately need at present. He is also lacking speed, form and fitness at the moment so he can't make up for lack of height as he did when he was at his peak.
[quote][p][bold]jiffygeorge[/bold] wrote: Forget about the chairman's holiday. I think keeping Blake would be a very costly mistake. His 'quality' is not obvious to me and I would look for someone who can command an aerial battle. which he cannot.[/p][/quote]Blake was a good player and probably will be again in the future but he is not the tall, strong experienced League 2 warrior and leader that County desperately need at present. He is also lacking speed, form and fitness at the moment so he can't make up for lack of height as he did when he was at his peak. NakedDancer
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11:14pm Sun 13 Apr 14

maz1maz says...

Have any of you posters ever played football. You don't get caps for your country if your as bad as what you are moaning about!
Have any of you posters ever played football. You don't get caps for your country if your as bad as what you are moaning about! maz1maz
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