NEWPORT County are looking to axe three of their key summer signings after putting them on the transfer list.

The Exiles released a circular to the Conference yesterday advising that striker Craig McAllister, midfielder Tom Miller and goalkeeper Danny Potter are all available with County keen to shift them from their wage bill.

It is understood manager Justin Edinburgh made the decision, though it was chairman Chris Blight who released the news to supporters via the club’s E-News service late last night.

County are only outside of the Conference drop zone on goal difference and have already sold midfielder Danny Rose to Fleetwood Town and advertised their willingness to trade out winger Felino Jardim and midfielder Guillaume Velez, though goalkeeper Glyn Thompson will now stay at Spytty Park.

The Exiles had made money available to boss Edinburgh to make a couple of signings in this transfer window but it is hoped that extra funds can be generated to improve the squad by axing McAllister, Miller and Potter.

The decision follows a meeting in the wake of County’s disastrous 3-2 reverse at bottom club Bath on Tuesday evening.

Edinburgh confirmed: "I spoke with the three players after training on Thursday and informed them of our decision.

"It’s nothing personal but I feel we badly need to shake things up and to generate revenue to invest in the squad.

"All three of them are still with us so they are part of the squad, but we have made our position clear."

Chairman Blight believes that the players in general have to take accountability for the Exiles’ woeful campaign.

He explained: "Simply put, we have got to balance the books if we want to bring new players in, solvency and staying in the division remain our two key priorities.

"We are thankful to the fans who yesterday contributed monies raised as part of a ‘player fund’ (organised by supporter Rob Santwris and amassing over £5,000) but we have to give Justin as much chance as possible to bring in the right players.

"We made the decision earlier in the season to part company with Anthony Hudson and since then Justin Edinburgh has inherited his team and his players.

“We have to do something because some of those players haven’t performed."

Blight stressed that the manager had selected the players listed and it was his choice to let them go.

Blight is also continuing dialogue with the council over the Spytty Park playing surface "which isn’t worth a jot at the moment and resembles waterlogged concrete," and also expressed his thanks to Phil Morgan, who quit his post as County’s General Manager earlier this week. Morgan is understood to be keen to return to the role in the future.

Of those now up for transfer, striker McAllister has incredibly failed to score a single league goal this season.

Goalkeeper Potter has also had a disappointing campaign following his summer move from Torquay, a situation not helped by him criticising the County fans following their 1-0 FA Cup defeat to Shrewsbury.

Miller’s departure would be the most surprising. The youngster has generally impressed in his time at County and has featured regularly this term.