David Pipe the first of many to leave, says Exiles boss
NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh has warned his squad that David Pipe is the first of many players leaving Rodney Parade this summer.
Former captain Pipe was released ahead of the final two games of the season – at York City today and at home to Rochdale next Saturday.
With his side having secured their League Two status for the 2014/15 season Edinburgh is already planning for the new campaign.
“David won’t be the first and last player to leave the football club this summer,” said the Exiles boss.
“Everyone that leaves we want to part on good terms but players do leave football clubs.”
Next out of the door could well be defender Harry Worley who has not played since his own goal against Exeter City on March 16.
“His form has not been good enough to warrant a place in the team or the squad,” said Edinburgh of the former Oxford United player.
“Certain things happen, day to day, that I see as a manager.
“What I see during the week; attitudes being correct and application in training plays a part in my team selection.
“The arrival of Kevin Feely and Darcy Blake also means that at this moment Harry’s not worth a place in the team.”
Wales international Blake has indicated that he could be tempted to extend his stay at the club, according to Edinburgh.
The former Cardiff City and Crystal Palace defender, who won the last of his 14 caps in Croatia in October 2012, is currently on a short-term contract at Rodney Parade following his release by the Eagles.
The expectation was that Blake would move on to a Championship club in the summer after regaining his fitness with County following his arrival last month.
But Edinburgh has now revealed that he has had talks about a new deal with the 25-year-old star from New Tredegar.
“I’d like to say there’s a very good chance of us keeping Darcy Blake,” said Edinburgh.
“We’ve obviously got to be conscious of the quality of Darcy and a Championship or League One club could come and blow us out of the water.
“But we’ve got Darcy playing with a smile on his face again and he knows the environment, he knows how I work and he’s really enjoying being back playing football.
“There have been early talks and he’s made the right noises that he’s enjoying being a part of it here. Hopefully that can continue.
“Darcy likes being at home with his family and we’ve got to try and capitalise on that.”
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