NEWPORT County manager Justin Edinburgh believes new signing Danny Crow will provide the one thing his side was missing last season – goals.
Crow signed a one-year-deal for County yesterday, with an option for a second year, after turning down a host of other Blue Square Bet Premier clubs.
And Edinburgh is delighted to welcome the 26-year-old striker who was released by Conference rivals Luton Town at the end of last month.
“I’m thrilled,” said the Exiles boss. “Danny is a great age and has a lot to offer.
“We’ve beaten off a lot of other clubs to secure his signature and he will be a great addition to our forward line.
“It’s no secret that we were missing a goalscorer in our squad last season and Danny has got that in him.
“With him, Jefferson Louis, Ryan Charles and Jake Harris we have got options up front now.”
Edinburgh also has forgotten man Craig McAllister, who is contracted until next summer, but he is still keen to add more strikers to his squad.
“I’m in talks with three others and ideally I’d like to get one or even two more in up front,” he said.
“I’d also like to add another centre-half and a midfielder but I am having to work within a tight budget so we’ll have to see how we go.”
Edinburgh will not be bringing former Swansea City hero Lee Trundle to Rodney Parade, however.
“There is no truth in that rumour,” he explained. “I know Lee and I admire him as a player but we haven’t had any discussions and I’m not looking to sign him.”
Edinburgh also took the opportunity to scotch another internet rumour linking him to Malaysian striker Syahrul Azwari Ibrahim.
“There is nothing in that one either,” he said. “People can speculate all they like online but I’m only looking at players who have a good reputation at our level of football.”
Crow certainly fits into that category having scored 16 goals for Luton in the last two seasons, despite not being a regular starter for the Hatters.
He also netted 22 times between 2008 and 2010 for Cambridge United and scored 23 goals for Peterbor-ough United in the Football League from 2005 to 2008.
“He never really had a good run in the team at Luton but he is a quality striker, he’s proved that wherever he’s been,” added Edinburgh.
“He scored two goals against us last season and they were real poacher’s goals.
“That is something we’ve lacked since I’ve been at the club and I’m excited to get the chance to work with Danny.”