Although the World Cup currently appears to be keeping football fans across the world occupied, Newport County fans have been concerned over another matter: when were they going to make a signing?
Newport County finished League Two in 11th position in their 2017/18 campaign and although there were players that already looked to be leaving, there were players that County fans would have done anything to keep.
Once the season had ended, a signing was pending for the Exiles and supporters became impatient with being one of the last clubs in League Two to announce a signing.
Fans breathed a sigh of relief on 16th June when County announced Fraser Franks as their first signing. The centre-back signed to a two-year contract and having had a short loan spell at Newport in the 2011/12 season, he is a signing that County fans are excited about.
Next for the Exiles was the signing of Jamille Matt, also on a two-year deal. The 6’1” striker has played at League Two and League One level, bringing with him a plethora of experience. This is the type of signing that County fans were craving and manager, Michael Flynn, describes him as a “vital” player.
Midfielder, Charlie Cooper, was next on the list of signings for Newport County on a season-long loan. Although there were mixed reviews about this signing, Cooper has a great work rate and already has a promotion under his belt with Forest Green Rovers in 2017. Flynn promises that he will fit in well and fans are looking forward to giving him a chance and seeing what he can do.
Keanu Marsh-Brown was possibly the most highly anticipated of Newport’s signings. Marsh-Brown has football league experience, having played for MK Dons, Oldham Athletic, Yeovil Town and Barnet. If Marsh-Brown plays as promised, he is sure to be a fan favourite through to 2020.
County were now in full swing, signing another midfielder, Andrew Crofts, on a one year deal. As well as 500 League appearances, Crofts also has 29 international caps for Wales. He is a player that is prepared to do the hard work and his enthusiasm has been welcomed by the club.
Newport County’s sixth signing of the summer was right-back, Tyler Forbes, who signed a one-year deal. Forbes labels himself as an attacking player that can do a number of jobs to help the Exiles. He is expected to be involved with goals and assists, which supporters are looking forward to seeing.
As well as welcoming players, the club has also said farewell to a few. Frank Nouble left Newport for 13th place Colchester United and it’s fair to say there was no love lost between him and many Newport fans.
County supporters were sad to see the departure of academy star, Tom Owen-Evans on his move to Falkirk F.C. and promising winger, Lamar Reynolds, who has signed for Dagenham and Redbridge.
James Bittner, Ben Tozer, Calaum Jahraldo-Martin, Marlon Jackson, Jamie Turley and Paul Hayes were also amongst Newport County’s departures.
Despite all of this, the one player with questions marks all over his name is captain Joss Labadie, who is currently injured. With his contract now expired, he has been offered a renewal, however, a decision is yet to be made on the skipper’s future.
County had a rocky start to the transfer window and fans were worried about a lack of options, having left signings very late. However, the Exiles are now in full-swing and have made significant signings that are sure to make an impact, leaving fans hopeful for the 2018/19 season and beyond.
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