Edinburgh says Hughes is reason he swooped for Jones
11:02pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in Newport County
NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh has praised his defender Andrew Hughes, stating the academy graduate made the signing of new man Billy Jones ‘a no-brainer.’
Jones joined yesterday on a month-to-month deal to cover injured absentee Andy Sandell.
However, the original plan had been for ex-Cardiff man Hughes to fill the left wing-back void.
“We’ve managed to sign Billy Jones and we are really pleased to secure someone who is a free agent with that kind of quality,” he said.
“He’s versatile and gives us balance on the left side as we’ll be without Andy Sandell for a longer period than we initially first thought (he’s expected to be out until the New Year) so I think we’ve always said we’ll look to swoop if that right man becomes available and that’s what’s happened here.
“It’s pleasing, he’ll be a very good acquisition and he’s a player we’ve known about for a very long time.
“Whenever I’ve come up against him he’s caused my teams problems and he’s got a great left foot, he’s had a very good career at the lower end.
“He played nearly every game for a team last season who made the play-offs, anyone like that available on a free, at this time of the season, it is one that lit my eyes up, and I’m delighted to get him here.
“He’s trained; he’s in good shape and will go straight into the squad for tomorrow.
“I don’t like to go through too many players, that’s shown, but I back my judgement on a player and without Sandell for a long period, we needed some competition there.
“We could play Andrew Hughes there, that was my original thinking, but I think it’s unfair to move Andrew from centre back, a position he’s currently excelling in.
“You have to be fair to individuals without disrupting things, you look at favouring the team and we’ve made the signing of Billy now, which was a no-brainer.”
Edinburgh was angered by Twitter comments from Mansfield defender Martin Riley, who labelled the Exiles as a ‘rugby team’ on social media site Twitter.
“I’ve heard the comments, but I’ve got no interest in Mansfield or anyone else, we’ve got to concentrate on ourselves,” he explained.
“Does it irritate me? I think I stated clearly after the game we didn’t play to our own strengths, but we were aware of that and that’s an issue for our camp to worry about, not theirs.”
Edinburgh has no new injury troubles ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Morecombe and has welcomed Ismail Yakubu and Tony James back into full training. However, midfielder Lee Minshull is suspended following his red card on Saturday.
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