Blue Square Bet
Published 12th June 2012
Manager Justin Edinburgh has revealed that midfielder Jake Thompson and veteran striker Jefferson Louis have both put pen-to-paper for the Exiles.
Edinburgh said: “I stated that I would not be releasing any news on players until the `ink was dry`! Going public with players with whom you are negotiating can often have the wrong effect, by drawing the attention of other clubs. “For weeks, I have been in talks with numerous players. There is no doubt about it, the new venue at Rodney Parade has greatly assisted with those negotiations, and I am pleased to announce that Jake and Jefferson have signed for the club.”
Thompson, 23, is a central midfielder who last season was with Forest Green Rovers. He is a former Southampton youth player who has been on loan with Torquay.
Edinburgh added: “Jake caught my eye and impressed me during our games against Forest Green. I am delighted that we have been able to agree terms to obtain his signature for this coming season, with an option for a second season.”
Louis, 33, stands 6' 3", and is a very experienced striker at this level of football, having also played in the League at Oxford United and Bristol Rovers.
Louis is an athletic player with pace and last season was with Lincoln City.
Edinburgh said: “Jefferson played for me whilst I was managing Rushden & Diamonds, and I am very pleased to have him back in my squad.
“I am sure that you would all wish to join me in offering a warm welcome to both players, who are both excited at the prospect of playing at Rodney Parade.
“This may well be the start of a busy week!”