MICHAEL Flynn says that just because Newport County AFC have benefited financially from their run to the FA Cup fourth round, it doesn’t mean they have cash to splash willy-nilly on new players.

The Exiles manager is looking to add fresh blood to his squad before the transfer window slams shut at 11pm on Thursday, in time for Saturday’s trip to Grimsby Town in League Two.

Bristol City’s decision to recall Antoine Semenyo from his loan spell at Rodney Parade, together with the departure of Mark Harris earlier this month, would seem strikers are Flynn’s top priority.

Padraig Amond and Jamille Matt have scored 32 goals between them this term, but Flynn only has Keanu Marsh-Brown, who is yet to find the net, as back-up.

County have three players on loan at the club – Tyreeq Bakinson, Regan Poole and Vashon Neufville – and it’s that market they are set to target once more before the deadline.

“Everybody thinks we’ve got money to splash now, but we haven’t,” said Flynn.

“We’re not in a situation to go and pay over the odds for players, that’s the way it is.

“The future of the club is more important than anything.”

On working to get players in, he added: “I haven’t stopped for a long time.

“I’ve put some plans together with the board, it’s just about getting them over the line now.

“If I’m thinking something can be done, I’m hoping so.”

He continued: “They’ve all been as good as gold, and that’s what we’re about, we all stick together.

“But, would I like some more to help them out? They can only be the right players.

“There’s no point bringing players that won’t improve the squad, there’s just no point.”

Any new faces wouldn’t be able to play in the FA Cup replay with Middlesbrough next Tuesday.

Competition rules state that only those eligible for the original tie can feature in a replay or postponed match.

Flynn’s focus is on Grimsby and picking up three points to keep the club’s hopes of a play-off place alive.

Matty Dolan got the only goal of the game when County won the reverse fixture 1-0 in August.

More of the same is needed this weekend if promotion is to become a reality, and the boss reckons a more clinical edge is required to turn draws like Tuesday’s into wins.

“We haven’t managed to kill teams off. It’s a few now,” he said. “We should really be winning these kinds of games.

“You look at the other ones, the frustrating ones like Carlisle and Lincoln, where we’ve given away early goals, clawed our way back strongly and should have got something out of it.”

Meanwhile, the 0-0 draw with Port Vale in midweek was the last match in charge of the Valiants for Neil Aspin following his resignation after 15 months in the job.

“To put an end to the constant speculation regarding my future I have decided that in the best interests of Port Vale FC I must resign with immediate effect,” he said in a statement yesterday.

“Anyone who knows me and who knows my association with the club as a player and now manager will know it is a very difficult decision and one I haven’t taken lightly.

“I inherited a very difficult job with the club staring relegation in the face. I am very proud of the job we did in keeping the club in League Two and we leave the club in a better place on and off the pitch.”