County set for transfer summit
NEWPORT County’s management team and directors will meet this morning to finalise their transfer strategy for the coming season.
The Exiles have already goalkeeper Alan Julian, defender Tony James, midfielders Max Porter, Lee Minshull and Jake Thomson and strikers Ryan Charles and Danny Crow and currently have six trialists at the club hoping to earn a deal.
However, the Exiles have also seen a whole host of players heading for the Rodney Parade exit door including last years skipper Gary Warren and top scorer Sam Foley.
There is still a desire from manager Justin Edinburgh to add new faces and the Argus can reveal that plans will be formalised today as numbers are crunched and a decision is made on how many more players County can afford to bring in.
The Argus understands Edinburgh would like to add at least one other striker, a winger, a back-up goalkeeper and another defender, though he will also have the option of pursuing loan signings with both Cardiff City and Swansea City likely to help out.
There also remains the possibility that the Exiles could yet try to land a big name signing to entice fans to Rodney Parade. There are still a raft of out of contract Football League players and with their new ground and fresh off a trip to Wembley with a former Premier League player as manager, the Exiles have arguably never been more attractive as a destination.
County’s director of football Tim Harris wouldn’t be drawn on individuals, but did confirm Newport already have "a couple of irons in the fire."
"We are all meeting tomorrow to discuss the budget and we’ll press on from there," he continued.
Meanwhile departed County striker Jake Reid has expressed his delight at joining Conference rivals Telford.
The Shropshire outfit may also swoop for Darryl Knights who has been training with them.
"From what I’ve seen, I think we should definitely be trying to hit a mid-table finish," Reid said, "There are other clubs in the Conference with a similar structure to Telford who have done even better than that over the years but I think you have to be realistic in the targets you set yourself.
"The gaffer is instilling the right mentality into us and the ball is rolling in the right direction.
"The most important thing for me is I’m at a good club and I’ve got good vibes from the time I’ve trained in pre-season."
Meanwhile, another departed Exile, Lee Baker, is currently in a battle to earn a contract at Conference North outfit Worcester City.
Baker is one of a trio of players battling to win a deal along with Gainsborough Trinity player Kevin Sandwith and Shabir Khan.
As reported in last week’s Argus, Worcester are also running the rule over goalkeeper Glyn Thompson.