Mark Byrne the final piece of the jigsaw, says Exiles boss

WELCOME: Mark Byrne, centre, with manager Justin Edinburgh, left, and chairman Les Scadding

WELCOME: Mark Byrne, centre, with manager Justin Edinburgh, left, and chairman Les Scadding

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NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh has hailed the signing of midfielder Mark Byrne as the final piece in the jigsaw as he prepares for the new season.

Byrne has agreed a short-term contract until January to fill the gap left by last week’s injury to Max Porter.

The Dublin-born 25-year-old, who previously played under Exiles boss Justin Edinburgh at Rushden & Diamonds, has been on trial with County during pre-season and scored at Evesham United last week.

“We’ve signed Mark up until January as that takes us up to the maximum budget at the present,” said Edinburgh.

“If we’re successful on the pitch the budget will increase and will be able to increase the length of Mark’s stay.

“We’re delighted to get the deal done, especially with what happened to Max Porter in the first game.

“I worked for a year with Mark at Rushden and he’s a modern day midfield player,” he added.

“I’m looking forward to working with him and I’m sure he’ll be a crowd favourite.”

Edinburgh is looking for Byrne and fellow new boy Yan Klukowski to provide extra firepower from midfield once the League Two campaign begins on August 9.

“Mark’s good in the air and he gets goals from midfield as well, which is something we didn’t have enough of last season,” said Edinburgh.

“Hopefully him and Yan can provide us with that now and I think Mark is the final piece in the jigsaw.”

Byrne, who was at Barnet last season, revealed that he turned down other offers to be reunited with Edinburgh at Rodney Parade.

“I’ve played a full season under Justin at Rushden and I’m very happy to link up with him again,” he said.

“I had other options but once I knew that Justin was interested I came down here as soon as possible.

“I’m a box to box midfielder and I like to chip in with a few goals as well,” he added.

“I’ve got high hopes for the season ahead. League Two is a tough league but the teams that are consistent through the winter months are the ones that do well and that’s our aim.”

Fellow trialists Sheldon Sellears, Joe Carter and Jack Simmons have not been offered contracts but Edinburgh will keep tabs on the progress of right-back Sellears at Bishop’s Stortford.

TNS winger Chris Jones is likely to get a chance to impress Edinburgh in tonight’s friendly at Weston-super-Mare (kick-off 7.45pm).

“We liked Sheldon but we felt that he wouldn’t get in the first team and that would slow his development,” Edinburgh explained.

“We’ll see Chris Jones in the next couple of games and he’ll be the final one we’ll be looking at.”

Andy Sandell could return tonight after recovering from a hamstring strain and goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley is also fit to play.

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11:12am Tue 15 Jul 14

countyjim says...

Welcome to the County Mark

What I dont get is if mark is the last piece of the jigsaw is it worth Jones turning up at Weston
Welcome to the County Mark What I dont get is if mark is the last piece of the jigsaw is it worth Jones turning up at Weston countyjim
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11:16am Tue 15 Jul 14

ohc says...

If that's it then either the budget is unrealistically low for the League or more of the non performers/perpetual
ly getting injured should have been replaced

I hope I am wrong but this is not inspiring. Those who were at Cirencester must have seen that little was created in the first half and it took Willmot and Clark's speed plus rapidly tiring hosts for us to string passes together. Several of our strikers didn't even look good against an unimaginative defence
If that's it then either the budget is unrealistically low for the League or more of the non performers/perpetual ly getting injured should have been replaced I hope I am wrong but this is not inspiring. Those who were at Cirencester must have seen that little was created in the first half and it took Willmot and Clark's speed plus rapidly tiring hosts for us to string passes together. Several of our strikers didn't even look good against an unimaginative defence ohc
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1:15pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

Get rid of Danny Crow - that would free up one space
Get rid of Danny Crow - that would free up one space Sing up for the amber boys
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1:25pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
Get rid of Danny Crow - that would free up one space
p.s - also this would cut down on food expenses
[quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: Get rid of Danny Crow - that would free up one space[/p][/quote]p.s - also this would cut down on food expenses Sing up for the amber boys
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5:15am Wed 16 Jul 14

JENKO1965 says...

I ca believe the budget is used up and they haent bought 1 player all on a free????
I ca believe the budget is used up and they haent bought 1 player all on a free???? JENKO1965
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12:05pm Wed 16 Jul 14

b3talover says...

Thank God JE has strengthened our defence... County are facing relegation. Sleepwalking back into the Conference.
Thank God JE has strengthened our defence... County are facing relegation. Sleepwalking back into the Conference. b3talover
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2:18pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Eddy10 says...

This is league 2 football, of course the majority of the signings are going to be on frees.

As for sleepwalking back into the conference how did u work that out? This squad is stronger than last season already plus has the extra experience, all players are fit and pre season is going smoothly?

But of course you must pipe up with negative comments???? Fools
This is league 2 football, of course the majority of the signings are going to be on frees. As for sleepwalking back into the conference how did u work that out? This squad is stronger than last season already plus has the extra experience, all players are fit and pre season is going smoothly? But of course you must pipe up with negative comments???? Fools Eddy10
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3:00pm Wed 16 Jul 14

County says...

You "get behind the lads" crew live in a fantasy land. At centre half we've replaced Naylor, Blake and Worley with one much older player, have no cover at left and right back except players out of position and have only one proven League 2 striker. Klukowski for Burge is at best a like for like swap. We gained experience last season and got worse in the second half and Max Porter is already injured.
You "get behind the lads" crew live in a fantasy land. At centre half we've replaced Naylor, Blake and Worley with one much older player, have no cover at left and right back except players out of position and have only one proven League 2 striker. Klukowski for Burge is at best a like for like swap. We gained experience last season and got worse in the second half and Max Porter is already injured. County
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7:57pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

Isn't "getting behind the lads" what a supporter should do ?
Isn't "getting behind the lads" what a supporter should do ? Sing up for the amber boys
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8:42pm Wed 16 Jul 14

County says...

Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
Isn't "getting behind the lads" what a supporter should do ?
During the game, yes. I'm sick of patronising idiots thinking they're better fans because they refuse to criticise any aspect of the club. If anyone thinks everything at the moment is rosy they are truly deluded.
[quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: Isn't "getting behind the lads" what a supporter should do ?[/p][/quote]During the game, yes. I'm sick of patronising idiots thinking they're better fans because they refuse to criticise any aspect of the club. If anyone thinks everything at the moment is rosy they are truly deluded. County
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3:47pm Fri 18 Jul 14

NakedDancer says...

Sing up for the amber boys wrote:
Get rid of Danny Crow - that would free up one space
Er.,. No it wouldn't because Crow (like nearly all last years squad) is under contract until end of the new season so county would have to pay up their contracts to release them - and county then wouldn't have the funds to employ replacements (even if the financial fair play rules allowed it). JE will need to get some players out on loan to bring others in.
[quote][p][bold]Sing up for the amber boys[/bold] wrote: Get rid of Danny Crow - that would free up one space[/p][/quote]Er.,. No it wouldn't because Crow (like nearly all last years squad) is under contract until end of the new season so county would have to pay up their contracts to release them - and county then wouldn't have the funds to employ replacements (even if the financial fair play rules allowed it). JE will need to get some players out on loan to bring others in. NakedDancer
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