County loan deals for pair of Premier League prospects scuppered by injury blows

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Newport County AFC manager James Rowberry
Newport County AFC manager James Rowberry

NEWPORT County AFC manager James Rowberry will not make a signing for the sake of it after a pair of injury blows scuppered loan deals with Premier League clubs.

The Exiles made their ninth summer signing in midweek when bringing in Nathan Moriah-Welsh from Bournemouth but the midfielder is not the number 10 that Rowberry has been targeting.

County have had a shortlist of potential targets but two leading candidates are now sidelined after suffering injuries in action for their clubs.

The deadline is on September 1 at 11pm but Rowberry, who has been working closely with sporting director Darren Kelly, has pledged the club won't let their standards slip.

"We had two loans lined up as number 10s from Premier League clubs but they are both now injured and out for a period of time," said the boss. "That's disappointing but there is nothing we can do about that.

South Wales Argus: County boss James Rowberry
South Wales Argus: County boss James Rowberry

County boss James Rowberry

"I am not going to sign players for the sake of signing them, they have got to have a direct impact on the team and contribute to what we are trying to achieve.

"I won't get to deadline day and for the sake of it bring somebody in because I have a duty of care to the football club to make sure that we bring in the right personnel but also to our squad to make sure that the person brought in will contribute.

"In an ideal world we look to bring in one more but if that doesn't happen then so be it, because we need the right person coming in."

County currently have Aaron Wildig and James Waite as their leading options in the number 10 role, although forward Lewis Collins and Moriah-Welsh can also operate there.

The Exiles made eight signings before the start of the season with permanent deals for defender Declan Drysdale, midfielders Sam Bowen and Wildig, versatile forward Will Evans and strikers Omar Bogle and Offrande Zanzala plus loans for left-back Adam Lewis and striker Chanka Zimba from Liverpool and Cardiff respectively.