NEWPORT County AFC manager Justin Edinburgh has backed striker Christian Jolley to rediscover his form after failing to strengthen his squad on transfer deadline day.
Edinburgh confirmed that players would have had to leave Rodney Parade before anyone could have been brought in on Monday.
The Exiles boss also revealed that there were offers for two of his players in the past week but the pair, who he declined to name, opted to stay on and fight for a place in the side.
Jolley and fellow striker Danny Crow are believed to be the players in question but Edinburgh says he is happy with his squad.
“There was nothing happening on deadline day,” he said.
“There were one or two enquiries last week but it didn’t suit the players who were asked. They weren’t keen on the offers and that’s fine.
“We’re happy with the squad we have and the loan window opens in ten days so if we do want to bring anyone in then that gives us that option.
“There’s one or two who have not hit form yet but I believe they will.”
Edinburgh was impressed with Jolley’s performance in yesterday’s friendly victory over Bristol Rovers, one of the sides who were linked with a move for the former AFC Wimbledon man.
“I think we expect so much of Christian and he feels that he has to produce goals all the time,” said the manager.
“But he looked confident in everything he did today. He didn’t score but he had very good movement and looked very sharp.
“I’m pleased for him because there’s nobody more desperate for him to get back to where he was than himself. Hopefully he can rediscover that form.”
Goals from Joe Parker, who played at right wing-back, and Aaron O’Connor gave the Exiles a comfortable 2-0 win in the behind closed doors contest at Llanwern High School.
“It was a very good workout for us and it served a purpose because we obviously had our Johnstone’s Paint Trophy game delayed and we don’t play again until Monday because of the Nato conference.
“It keeps everyone sharp and fresh and I thought there were some really good performances.
“Confidence comes from winning games and I think that showed with the first 60 minutes out there today.”