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Early Newport Team News

9 January 2014

Stanley manager James Beattie is delighted to have his three January signings available for this weekend's game with Newport County – and defender Nicky Hunt fit again after injury.

Loanees Marcus Bettinelli and Kayode Odejayi have been joined in the Store First Stadium dressing room by Craig Roddan from Liverpool and Beattie has no problem with having a selection headache.

“Craig was bitterly disappointed to go back last time when things didn't work out financially with the two clubs but now we've got him back and things are much more favourable in that department,” explained Beattie. “He can play in a number of positions and his pedigree is very good. We're glad to have him here and now it's just a case of him trying to get into the side.

“Marcus has been outstanding for us and we were disappointed to lose him but Andrew Dawber came in and did a really good job. I'm really pleased with Dawbs, he came in and played with a slight thigh strain and that's the sort of battling characteristics that we need. I think he'd play with a fractured shin bone if we needed him! That's him and part of his make up.

“Marcus is back and I think Dawbs is happy that he's here and can continue to learn from him.

“Kayode was probably the missing link in the first 12 games for us. He's still a young lad, he's got stuff to learn and can still improve and I've said to him that I'm going to pester him and get on his nerves to try to improve him.

“There are a couple of lads on trial with us as well and within the finances and budget of the club we're always looking to push on and improve so we'll have to see what happens.

“Nicky's fine. He had a strange injury on his ankle but he's okay and trained really well earlier in the week. Rob Atkinson's fully fit now too and he can put pressure on Deano and Tom which is a good position for us to be in.”


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