Joe Parker 'one for the future' says Newport boss Justin Edinburgh

Justin Edinburgh

Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh says he has high hopes for new signing Joe Parker.

The Exiles have signed the 18-year-old striker from Conference North side Gloucester City.

Parker will officially join Newport in January but will see out the season back on loan with Gloucester.

"[He's] one for the future. I think he's got good potential," Edinburgh said.

"It was something we monitored and we felt it was the right decision to bring him to the club.

"There's a lot of development to go before he's in and around the first team but he's only 18 and the future's bright.

"He's got a knack of scoring [and] when you've got that knack then it doesn't really tend to make any difference what level you're playing because the goal doesn't move."

Edinburgh has completed the signing of striker George Barker from Brighton on loan until January in time for Saturday's League Two game at Cheltenham Town.

The Newport manager is also working to extended the loan of Cardiff City defender Adedeji Oshilaja until January.

The 20-year-old, a product of Cardiff City's academy, joined the Exiles on a month's loan in October and has featured four times for Edinburgh's side.

"Talks have gone well and we hopefully we'll be extending that to the New Year," Edinburgh added.

"I don't foresee there being any hiccups so it looks promising that Adedeji will remain at Newport and we're thankful to Cardiff for allowing that."

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