Edinburgh hoping for short-term Rodney Parade move for Exiles

Rodney Parade
Rodney Parade is the home of Newport and the Dragons

Newport County boss Jason Edinburgh hopes his side can play "a couple of games" at Rodney Parade.

County's Spytty Park pitch has been called "not fit fo purpose" by chairman Chris Blight.

Newport beat Bath City 1-0 there on Tuesday night but Edinburgh would like a temporary change of venue.

"It's difficult and hopefully something might materialise that we may be able top play a couple of games there," said Edinburgh.

"On that surface [Spytty Park] - it's difficult and it's draining [for the players].

"The surface there [at Rodney Parade] is far greater than we've got out here.

"All we ask if the council can help us in any way shape or form, there has to be some work on the pitch to compact it, sand it.

"We have just got to try and get a surface that we can play on.

"I've got some good football players at this football club. I want them to player football. They want to play football."

Both Newport Gwent Dragons and Welsh Premiership side Newport play at Rodney Parade but that pitch has had its own problems and the Dragons have been punished by LV= Cup organisers for calling off their game with Saracens.

But County have been forced to rearrange a number of home games as their pitch has struggled to cope with the inclement weather.

Spytty Parkexternal-link is owned and operated by Newport City Council and is also home to Welsh League side Llanwern and Newport Harriers athletics club.

County chiefs, who invested to ensure Spytty Park was to Conference standard, fear more torrential rain and a proposed two games a week on a ground described by chairman Blight as a "disaster" and a "pudding" could make the pitch unplayable.

"A layer above the groundbase hardcore, and below the soil base, has hardened - preventing drainage," Blight explained in a County newsletter in January.

"There is no doubt about it, the pitch is not fit for purpose and major works will be required."

Newport Rugby Club, who own Rodney Parade, had invited County's management and boss Edinburgh to their 11,000 capacity ground with a view of hosting a handful of County games.

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