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Newport County secure three new recruits

Newport County

Promotion-chasing Newport County have secured three new recruits for when the January transfer window opens.

Midfielder Mike Fowler and left-back or left midfielder Curtis McDonald will join from Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Forest Green Rovers.

Holding midfield player Wayne Turk will sign for Rovers after agreeing to make his loan move from County permanent.

Veteran defender Wayne Hatswell, 35, will join County from Irish club Dundalk as player-coach.

"I'd spoken to Wayne about coming to join our squad as a player, which I think he will help us, he'll give us good depth in the squad," said Newport manager Dean Holdsworth.

"But the fact is that since my assistant, Fraser Skimming, left us a couple of months back we've probably needed an extra pair of hands... there to help myself and Matthew Bishop.

"He's [Hatswell] got a desire to carry on playing for a year or so - probably two years, he's fit enough - but he also wants to learn his coaching roles and his badges."

Fowler, 29, was on a month-to-month contract until the end of December with Rovers while McDonald, 22, was a non-contracted player.

Both still live in south Wales and have taken the opportunity to play their club football closer to home.

At the moment I don't want to comment on other jobs, I just want to focus on what I'm doing

Newport manager Dean Holdsworth

Cardiff City product McDonald has previously played for Camarthen Town and Polish side MKS Swit.

Fowler returns to Spytty Park for a second spell, having also played for Crystal Palace, Stevenage Borough (loan), Wrexham (loan), Salisbury City, Woking, Merthyr Tydfil and Gloucester City during his career.

"We found out that both were on non-contract terms, or week-to-week or month-to-month contracts which is a precarious position for clubs," Holdsworth said.

"But we got contacted regarding them both and I felt that they're both Welsh lads, and they live close enough to us to make my training regime better - both of them will be able to train full time with us.

"I've found it difficult over the last few months to get players who are not geographically near us to get them in training when it's a lot of cost and a lot of time away travelling.

"That doesn't suit me now, we're progressing that far that we've got to make sure that anyone who comes to the club is able to train with us as much as we do."

Holdsworth has been linked with the vacant manager's job at Bristol Rovers but said that he refuses to comment on speculation: "I'm loving working here, I've got a great chairman [Chris Blight] who I get on very well with, I've got a great bunch of lads who trust me.

"Football is a funny old game as Greavsie [former England striker Jimmy Greaves] once said, but as it stands at the moment I don't want to comment on other jobs, I just want to focus on what I'm doing and get the lads right for Bath."

County's 3-2 win at Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday saw Holdsworth's side climb to second in the Blue Square table, although the clubs around them do have games in hand.

Next up for Newport is a home match against Bath City on New Year's Day, with all three of the new recruits expected to be available for selection.



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