County set for transfer summit

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

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.

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8:48am Wed 11 Jul 12

Matty639 says...

Does this stuff get proof read before being posted up?
Does this stuff get proof read before being posted up? Matty639
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8:58am Wed 11 Jul 12

ohc says...

I find it entertaining as "there is still a desire from JE" which I think is SWA speak for "JE wants".
I find it entertaining as "there is still a desire from JE" which I think is SWA speak for "JE wants". ohc
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10:23am Wed 11 Jul 12

b3talover says...

"The Exiles have already goalkeeper"

Thanks for that, Yoda.
"The Exiles have already goalkeeper" Thanks for that, Yoda. b3talover
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12:01pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Adrian Williams says...

Personally, I can't see the point in the three trivial comments above
Personally, I can't see the point in the three trivial comments above Adrian Williams
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12:29pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Clever Trevor says...

Well here's another trivial comment.Please ,this Season can we get the names of the players right,last season players who weren't even playing were getting credited for being booked/scoring etc.
Last week,Hughes "bundled the ball over the line".Clearly he headed it in,it's so annoying,if you didn't see it,then ask.
Well here's another trivial comment.Please ,this Season can we get the names of the players right,last season players who weren't even playing were getting credited for being booked/scoring etc. Last week,Hughes "bundled the ball over the line".Clearly he headed it in,it's so annoying,if you didn't see it,then ask. Clever Trevor
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1:12pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Bush80 says...

how many strikers do we need? we only play one upfront! we currently have 4 strikers and a 17 year old on trial! we have no wingers and only 2 of them on trial! For an ex defender he isnt half into buying strikers!
how many strikers do we need? we only play one upfront! we currently have 4 strikers and a 17 year old on trial! we have no wingers and only 2 of them on trial! For an ex defender he isnt half into buying strikers! Bush80
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4:42pm Wed 11 Jul 12

Adrian Williams says...

I'd say 4 strikers is a good thing given our lack of goals last season
I'd say 4 strikers is a good thing given our lack of goals last season Adrian Williams
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11:57am Thu 12 Jul 12

County says...

I just worry that having had to pay off several players that were on Hudson's joke contracts we've little money left in the pot.
I just worry that having had to pay off several players that were on Hudson's joke contracts we've little money left in the pot. County
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9:46am Sat 14 Jul 12

County says...

Judging by the latest news it seems I was right.
Judging by the latest news it seems I was right. County
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