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|GARNER RELEASED - AND NO JOHN
Peter Beadle, manager of Nationwide South club Newport County will turn his attention elsewhere after failing to agree a deal for a midfielder well known to the Spytty Park faithful.
Beadle spent much of the back end of last week attempting to clinch the signing of midfielder Lee John from Principality Welsh Premier side Port Talbot Town after the Welshman scored against the Exiles on Wednesday in their FAW Premier Cup semi final win.
However, Beadle was unable to agree a fee for the 22-year old, who is also being tracked by Swansea City and Charlton Athletic.
He explained: "Lee John is a player I have been monitoring for months, but he is considered by Port Talbot to be their crown jewel and the price they want is a bit beyond us unfortunately.
"We obviously have money to spend now (County are guaranteed at least £50,000 from their appearance in the Premier Cup final) but we won't be spending any money rashly, we want the right player, but only at the right price.
Beadle is now in talks with another midfielder currently at a Conference club and should find out on Monday if he will be joining.
Meanwhile, Beadle has boosted his squad with midfield duo and academy products Kris Leek and Sam O'Sullivan being recalled from loan spells at Welsh Premier Cwmbran Town and British Gas Business Southern League Premier outfit Merthyr Tydfil respectively.
In addition, academy product Shane Brewer has signed a contract with the club until the end of next season.
Brewer, 17, has impressed in the first-team this season, playing in County's biggest game of the campaign when they lost to Swansea City in the first round of the FA Cup.
He also recently skippered his country in an under-18 game l continued from back page against Eire and Beadle believes he could be the club's next Matt Green.
He explained: "Shane has signed on the dotted line for a year and a half and I am thrilled, he's a great talent with a super attitude.
"I think he adds great depth to the first team squad and I now have two left-backs competing for a place of different ends of the scale with veteran Damon Searle being the other option.
"Shane could well be this club's next Matt Green and as such it was important for us and for him to recognise his potential and to sign him up."
Meanwhile, midfield player Darren Garner has been released by Beadle.
Garner (pictured), 35, did not feature in the FAW Premier Cup semifinal win over Port Talbot.
Although he is not injured, transport problems were thought to be the reason for his absence.
And the former Torquay United player failed to find favour with the County faithful this term after getting involved in a verbal disagreement with a section of supporters at Yeading on February 24th.
It is understood he was disciplined over the matter and now his time is up at County.
It is understood the Exiles board were keen to let Garner go and Beadle will now chase other midfield targets.
Beadle wouldn't be drawn on the Garner saga, only saying: "I do not believe that the fans ever saw the full potential of what Darren had to offer, however, his new work commitments have made it difficult for Darren to give us the availability that we require."
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