Justin Edinburgh: I feared we would lose Chris Zebroski

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NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh believes he’s pulled off a major transfer coup by getting Chris Zebroski to renew his contract at Rodney Parade.

The Exiles revealed yesterday that although the deals aren’t yet formally signed, Zebroski, goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley, defenders Ismail Yakubu and Andy Sandell, midfielders Lee Minshull and Max Porter and striker Danny Crow have all agreed terms for next season.

They join Jamie Stephens, Andrew Hughes, Ryan Jackson, Adam Chapman, Robbie Willmott, Christian Jolley, Rene Howe, Aaron O’Connor, Shaun Jeffers and Joe Parker in being tied to Rodney Parade for another year, taking Newport’s squad to 17.

And the Argus can reveal that both Mike Flynn and Byron Anthony are expected to meet with boss Edinburgh next week.

Flynn is set for a dual role as a player/youth coach and Anthony will be offered terms as long as his injury rehabilitation is progressing well.

Edinburgh is also in talks with “three or four,” players about joining the Exiles and as revealed by Argus Sport, one is former defender Darren Jones.

However, it’s renewals that have dominated Edinburgh’s thinking for the past week and he’s thrilled to have retained the core of his squad, especially Argus Player of the Year Zebroski, who struck 14 times in League Two despite a three-month injury lay-off.

“I’m absolutely delighted to have the commitment from Chris, because I didn’t see it as being certain by any means that he’d stay,” he said.

“Anyone who has a season like the one he had, is going to attract glances from elsewhere and sometimes, with the best will in the world, you can’t keep players.

“We’ve had it before with both Sam Foley (Yeovil) and Gary Warren (Inverness Caledonian Thistle) where even though you want them to stay, it isn’t possible.

“But Chris is committed, as the other players who are renewing are too; they’ve got unfinished business in terms of the levels we were at in the first half of the season.

“I firmly believe the nucleus of this squad can take us forward and now it’s about adding to it.”

Edinburgh is coming to Newport next week to finalise terms with the players listed above and to hopefully agree deals with both Anthony and Flynn.

However, County are also hopeful of announcing some new signings next week to bolster their ranks.

Edinburgh is currently in discussions with four players, believed to be two defenders and two midfielders.

However, it is uncertain as to whether Darcy Blake, the Wales international, will remain with the club.

Edinburgh has made clear he’d like to keep Blake, the former Cardiff and Palace defender who enjoyed a non-contract spell with the Exiles this term.

However, no agreement has been reached yet and though Edinburgh maintained he was “hopeful,” common ground can be found, no deal is imminent.

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8:27am Fri 16 May 14

JimMachen says...

So we can't afford whatever Blake is asking for then?

I suppose it was inevitable really.
So we can't afford whatever Blake is asking for then? I suppose it was inevitable really. JimMachen
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8:53am Fri 16 May 14

Rodneyboy says...

Glad to see Zebroski is staying.Hopefully with a fit O'Connor we wil have a useful partnership up front.A midfield general and a pacey wideman would be useful additions to the squad.
Glad to see Zebroski is staying.Hopefully with a fit O'Connor we wil have a useful partnership up front.A midfield general and a pacey wideman would be useful additions to the squad. Rodneyboy
  • Score: 9

1:24pm Fri 16 May 14

Harps62 says...

The 3 or 4 signings will have to be superb buys as JE states he is keeping the nucleus of last seasons squad which as we know were the worst performing side after Xmas for many months.
Keeping Danny Crowe is mind blowing.
Lets all pray that O'Connor and Jolly hit form again as poor Zebroski will be on his own again chasing shadows otherwise.
The 3 or 4 signings will have to be superb buys as JE states he is keeping the nucleus of last seasons squad which as we know were the worst performing side after Xmas for many months. Keeping Danny Crowe is mind blowing. Lets all pray that O'Connor and Jolly hit form again as poor Zebroski will be on his own again chasing shadows otherwise. Harps62
  • Score: 2

2:01pm Fri 16 May 14

NakedDancer says...

Harps62 wrote:
The 3 or 4 signings will have to be superb buys as JE states he is keeping the nucleus of last seasons squad which as we know were the worst performing side after Xmas for many months. Keeping Danny Crowe is mind blowing. Lets all pray that O'Connor and Jolly hit form again as poor Zebroski will be on his own again chasing shadows otherwise.
Agreed - but Crow and most of the others had automatic contract renewal clauses so JE was over a barrel. JE will have to make some very astute signings or loans and get some players out on loan to balance the books. I'm not normally negative but I think some more surgery is needed on the squad to avoid a poor start to next season. Excellent news to have Pidge and Zeb on board though.
[quote][p][bold]Harps62[/bold] wrote: The 3 or 4 signings will have to be superb buys as JE states he is keeping the nucleus of last seasons squad which as we know were the worst performing side after Xmas for many months. Keeping Danny Crowe is mind blowing. Lets all pray that O'Connor and Jolly hit form again as poor Zebroski will be on his own again chasing shadows otherwise.[/p][/quote]Agreed - but Crow and most of the others had automatic contract renewal clauses so JE was over a barrel. JE will have to make some very astute signings or loans and get some players out on loan to balance the books. I'm not normally negative but I think some more surgery is needed on the squad to avoid a poor start to next season. Excellent news to have Pidge and Zeb on board though. NakedDancer
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10:14pm Fri 16 May 14

larneman says...

Two new signings are from the Welsh league I think. The burning question here is "Are they good enough"?.
Two new signings are from the Welsh league I think. The burning question here is "Are they good enough"?. larneman
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