Exiles won't face former hero Craig Reid at Southend

South Wales Argus: FORMER FAVOURITE: Craig Reid in action for Southend against County captain David Pipe in October FORMER FAVOURITE: Craig Reid in action for Southend against County captain David Pipe in October

NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh is looking forward to seeing some old faces at Southend United tomorrow night but Exiles fans won’t get to see former hero Craig Reid.

Edinburgh returns to Roots Hall, where he started his playing career as an 18-year-old back in 1988, as County take on the Shrimpers in League Two.

But Reid, a County hero from the 2010 Conference South title winning side under Dean Holdsworth, will not be involved for the hosts.

The 28-year-old striker joined the Essex outfit on a free transfer from Aldershot Town at the start of the season but has struggled to work his way in to the team.

He has made just two starts and six substitute appearances this term and is now in talks with club chiefs about ending his time at Roots Hall.

“Craig is talking about his contract with the chief executive and I’m waiting to hear an update about that,” confirmed Blues boss Phil Brown.

Ahead of the match Edinburgh said: “I’ve got a lot of friends and family coming and I’m looking forward to going back and seeing some old faces.

“I had a fantastic time there and I’m very grateful to the club for giving the opportunity to fulfil a magnificent career.”

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4:12pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Adrian Williams says...

Worth getting Reidy on a short term contract for the remainder of the season ?With Zebroski and O'Connor still out, extra cover is needed
Worth getting Reidy on a short term contract for the remainder of the season ?With Zebroski and O'Connor still out, extra cover is needed Adrian Williams

5:24pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Harps62 says...

Think he would walk into the team at present. Not just for cover.
Too late now though with deadline tomorrow, not that Justin was interested though
Think he would walk into the team at present. Not just for cover. Too late now though with deadline tomorrow, not that Justin was interested though Harps62

8:39pm Thu 30 Jan 14

DDDog1 says...

Needs to contact some conference south sides,that's about Reidy's level
Needs to contact some conference south sides,that's about Reidy's level DDDog1

8:42pm Thu 30 Jan 14

DDDog1 says...

Harps62 wrote:
Think he would walk into the team at present. Not just for cover.
Too late now though with deadline tomorrow, not that Justin was interested though
Up to budget so he couldn't sign him if he wanted to,obviously didn't see Reids contribution for southend against us did you?
[quote][p][bold]Harps62[/bold] wrote: Think he would walk into the team at present. Not just for cover. Too late now though with deadline tomorrow, not that Justin was interested though[/p][/quote]Up to budget so he couldn't sign him if he wanted to,obviously didn't see Reids contribution for southend against us did you? DDDog1

9:38pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Dafydd y Garreg Wen says...

Craig Reid is a very nice person and will always be a legend in the eyes of most fans. However I am afraid he is yesterday's man as far as the County should be concerned, as he is cleary struggling to make his mark at League 2 level.
Craig Reid is a very nice person and will always be a legend in the eyes of most fans. However I am afraid he is yesterday's man as far as the County should be concerned, as he is cleary struggling to make his mark at League 2 level. Dafydd y Garreg Wen

9:55pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Adrian Williams says...

Yes, I know that his goals came for us at Conference South level, but here's the thing - certain players suit certain clubs and the fact remains that he's our 7th leading goal scorer of all time and is just what we need - a poacher who knows where the back of the net is. It looks like the perfect fit to me as short term cover
Yes, I know that his goals came for us at Conference South level, but here's the thing - certain players suit certain clubs and the fact remains that he's our 7th leading goal scorer of all time and is just what we need - a poacher who knows where the back of the net is. It looks like the perfect fit to me as short term cover Adrian Williams

10:34pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Harps62 says...

DDDog1 wrote:
Harps62 wrote:
Think he would walk into the team at present. Not just for cover.
Too late now though with deadline tomorrow, not that Justin was interested though
Up to budget so he couldn't sign him if he wanted to,obviously didn't see Reids contribution for southend against us did you?
As a matter of fact I did.
Coming on for a few minutes at the end of a game when not getting any match time previously, what do you expect.
If he had played every game that Christian had played this year do you think he would have scored more. Don't think so, I know so.
[quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harps62[/bold] wrote: Think he would walk into the team at present. Not just for cover. Too late now though with deadline tomorrow, not that Justin was interested though[/p][/quote]Up to budget so he couldn't sign him if he wanted to,obviously didn't see Reids contribution for southend against us did you?[/p][/quote]As a matter of fact I did. Coming on for a few minutes at the end of a game when not getting any match time previously, what do you expect. If he had played every game that Christian had played this year do you think he would have scored more. Don't think so, I know so. Harps62

12:16pm Fri 31 Jan 14

jetspotter says...

Couldn't agree more Adrian. There are so many potentially very good players out there just looking for for the appropriate set up to showcase their skills. So many seemingly fine players move from a club they have been successful
only to fail at a new club and end up on the merry go round of journeymen players. Same with managers. Deano didn't become a bad manager overnight ,simply a manager who was no longer an ideal 'fit' in his new circumstances. Success at this level is all about a club achieving the right blend, from the directors down to the tea ladies. A happy club with everybody pulling in the same direction is a club where everybody concerned is able to realise their true potential. The whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. True of all life I guess.
Couldn't agree more Adrian. There are so many potentially very good players out there just looking for for the appropriate set up to showcase their skills. So many seemingly fine players move from a club they have been successful only to fail at a new club and end up on the merry go round of journeymen players. Same with managers. Deano didn't become a bad manager overnight ,simply a manager who was no longer an ideal 'fit' in his new circumstances. Success at this level is all about a club achieving the right blend, from the directors down to the tea ladies. A happy club with everybody pulling in the same direction is a club where everybody concerned is able to realise their true potential. The whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. True of all life I guess. jetspotter

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