JUSTIN Edinburgh’s family say they are “honoured” that the former Newport County boss is to be inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame at the end of the year.

Edinburgh, who guided the Exiles back to the Football League in 2013, died in June, five days after suffering a cardiac arrest aged just 49.

The former Spurs defender was manager of Leyton Orient when he passed away and an induction ceremony is planned at half-time during County’s game against the London club next month.

The two sides meet at Rodney Parade on Sunday, December 29 when a bucket collection in support of the JE3 Foundation will also take place prior to kick-off.

The JE3 Foundation was set-up by Edinburgh’s widow Kerri, son Charlie and daughter Cyndie.

The charity aims to raise awareness of heart disease, campaign for ‘Justin’s Law’, which would make it mandatory for all gyms to have defibrillators, and provide funding for the potentially life-saving equipment at key venues.

An Edinburgh family spokesperson said: “As a family, we are honoured that Justin will be inducted into the Newport County AFC Hall of Fame.

“The club was very close to Justin’s heart, as it is ours, and some of the best moments from his illustrious career were spent with County – the standout one being the promotion against Wrexham at Wembley in the Conference play-off final.

“We cannot thank everyone enough for the support shown to us as a family in the most tragic of times.

“We urge everyone to get behind the JE3 Foundation so that we can make a difference to people’s lives and continue Justin’s legacy for many years to come.

“A special thank you to all of the board of directors, staff, players and fans at Newport for their support and their warm welcome as always.”

Son Charlie tweeted: “Proud doesn’t do it justice. From all of the Edinburgh family, we cannot thank Newport County enough for this very touching tribute to dad.”

Announcing the news on their website, the club said: “Justin was the man who made the dream of Football League status a reality for the Exiles and for that he will forever be in the hearts of all County fans.

“As a club, we feel it is appropriate to recognise his contribution to our history.

“The induction into the Hall of Fame will take place, weather permitting, at half-time pitchside at Rodney Parade so fans can show their appreciation of Justin.

“We hope that Justin’s family will be in attendance and receive the honour in his memory.”

Edinburgh had only just led Orient into the Football League when he passed away earlier this summer.