Exiles boss gutted to lose skipper

MOVING ON: Gary Warren

MOVING ON: Gary Warren

First published in Newport County South Wales Argus: Photograph of the Author by

NEWPORT County boss Justin Edinburgh admits he is gutted to lose skipper Gary Warren but admits his move to the Scottish Premier League was almost “written in the stars”.

County boss Edinburgh is currently attempting to assemble a squad for next season with the Exiles set to play at Rodney Parade.

There are likely to be several new arrivals coming to County within the next fortnight and Edinburgh admits he hoped the move to the new stadium might just convince his skipper to stay.

“Gary Warren leaves the club with our best wishes and we want him to be a massive success up there, but personally speaking I’m disappointed,” he said. “I feel that Gary, even though he’s 25-years old, in football terms he’s more like 21 or 22.

“I thought another year with us would be the best thing for his career, he’s only been a professional for one year.

“But look, he’s signed for the ex-England captain who, for my money, played in exactly the same manner Gary does.

“Terry Butcher was a big, brave centre-back and a real leader. What better manager for Gary to play under? You look at the move really and think that it was written in the stars. They are like two peas in a pod.

“Gary will play at Celtic in front of 60,000 people next season and how many players can say they’ve done that?”

The Exiles manager is now working on bringing players in having signed David Pipe to a new contract last week and attracted a new goalkeeper, 29-year old Alan Julian joining from Stevenage in League One.

Midfielder Lee Minshull, on loan last season from Wimbledon, will sign a one-year deal with County today.

The Argus can also reveal several other offers have been made to players in the squad last term.

Striker Ryan Charles, now a free agent after leaving Cambridge United, will also ink a one-year contract sometime this week.

Talks are also ongoing with wingers Romone Rose and Andy Sandell. Edinburgh has made clear to both players he’d like them to stay on.

Another player who was on loan at Newport last term, Max Porter, has also been made a contract offer. He too is likely to agree to remain with the club.

“We are close with some of them, Lee’s coming in to sign his deal and hopefully we’re very close with Max Porter as well,” Edinburgh confirmed.

“Charlesy (Ryan Charles) is another one we are close with and I’ve also had talks with Rose and Sandell.

“I’ve told Andy how much I’d like him to stay and hopefully we can get something done.”

The Exiles are also in talks with a number of potential signings.

The Argus can reveal that negotiations have begun with a centre forward, an attacking midfielder to replace Sam Foley, two central defenders and a defensive midfielder.

“We are looking to bring in the right players and there isn’t a rush on it,” Edinburgh confirmed.

“While my budget isn’t as high as it was last season, it is competitive and we feel we can assemble a good squad.

“If we start the season well and attendances are up then I will be given more room to bring extra players in and that’s the right way to go about it.

“Last season every available penny was there from the start and that’s not the way to go about building a squad.”

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7:15am Wed 6 Jun 12

adrian simmonds says...

I'd love to know why the player budget is down despite the massive revenue rom our Wembley run. I know we were losing money with gates well below budget, but I'd be disappointed if Justin doesn't have the cash to make up a good squad. The positive of course is RP which will certainly bring in players keen to perform on what is not a non-league ground but at least Division 1.
I'd love to know why the player budget is down despite the massive revenue rom our Wembley run. I know we were losing money with gates well below budget, but I'd be disappointed if Justin doesn't have the cash to make up a good squad. The positive of course is RP which will certainly bring in players keen to perform on what is not a non-league ground but at least Division 1. adrian simmonds
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8:58am Wed 6 Jun 12

countyno9 says...

i would say a lot of the money has gone on clearing debt , which if we want new investors makes us a lot more attractive proposition 4sure , in JE i trust he will assemble a team thats hard to beat and after last year that will do for me , minimising the debt is important especially to fans of vintage age like me , look at Kettering and Darlington , so lets see what happens with a manager who knows how to work on a workable budget and as JE said you dont spend all your budget b4 a balls kicked , like that idiot did last year!
i would say a lot of the money has gone on clearing debt , which if we want new investors makes us a lot more attractive proposition 4sure , in JE i trust he will assemble a team thats hard to beat and after last year that will do for me , minimising the debt is important especially to fans of vintage age like me , look at Kettering and Darlington , so lets see what happens with a manager who knows how to work on a workable budget and as JE said you dont spend all your budget b4 a balls kicked , like that idiot did last year! countyno9
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10:04am Wed 6 Jun 12

Missing Somerton says...

I suspect the FA Trophy money kept the club afloat and will allow it to survive through the summer. It takes a lot of money to run a football club and you can't budget on one off things like a wembley final!
I suspect the FA Trophy money kept the club afloat and will allow it to survive through the summer. It takes a lot of money to run a football club and you can't budget on one off things like a wembley final! Missing Somerton
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10:29am Wed 6 Jun 12

countyno9 says...

i agree people forget we still have a club to run during the summer months with no revenue , and we as fans have to realise this , never to go bankrupt again should be a high priority for all county fans , club are right to steer clear as far away from bebt as we can , and hopefully we will have a good season and the crowds will come back , especially with the Rodney effect , but for this County fan financial stability is a frontrunner for sure.
i agree people forget we still have a club to run during the summer months with no revenue , and we as fans have to realise this , never to go bankrupt again should be a high priority for all county fans , club are right to steer clear as far away from bebt as we can , and hopefully we will have a good season and the crowds will come back , especially with the Rodney effect , but for this County fan financial stability is a frontrunner for sure. countyno9
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11:17am Wed 6 Jun 12

cambridge4x4 says...

Not wanting to appear too negative with the excellent job completed and move to RP ---BUT is it not the role of good management to monitor the very good players who are going to be free agents and get them to sign a contract extension, 9 months before this happens. At least this puts a price on their head. Surely the two players we lost this summer would have commanded a reasonable fee. ?
and we replace them without a drain on the current budget. Warren must have been worth fair amount of money in this crazy transfer market. Is there a clause if Warren is sold on for big money we get a share ?Not sure if this can happen with free agents ?
Not wanting to appear too negative with the excellent job completed and move to RP ---BUT is it not the role of good management to monitor the very good players who are going to be free agents and get them to sign a contract extension, 9 months before this happens. At least this puts a price on their head. Surely the two players we lost this summer would have commanded a reasonable fee. ? and we replace them without a drain on the current budget. Warren must have been worth fair amount of money in this crazy transfer market. Is there a clause if Warren is sold on for big money we get a share ?Not sure if this can happen with free agents ? cambridge4x4
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12:34pm Wed 6 Jun 12

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

I'm pretty sure, Cambridge4x4 , that we'll get no sell on money from a free agent. As regards getting them to sign contract extensions, don't forget that they don't have to do so and players ( and their agents ) are pretty savvy these days.
I'm pretty sure, Cambridge4x4 , that we'll get no sell on money from a free agent. As regards getting them to sign contract extensions, don't forget that they don't have to do so and players ( and their agents ) are pretty savvy these days. lowandhardandinthecorner
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8:06pm Wed 6 Jun 12

County says...

9 months ago we had Hudson in charge, not that we can force players to sign contracts. We needed Warren to stay up and for the sake of the £10k we were offered for him last year we made a far better decision keeping him until his contract ran out.
9 months ago we had Hudson in charge, not that we can force players to sign contracts. We needed Warren to stay up and for the sake of the £10k we were offered for him last year we made a far better decision keeping him until his contract ran out. County
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