Newport County manager Michael Flynn says the club beat several other clubs in the race to re-sign their former captain Joss Labadie.
The 28-year old has signed another deal with the Exiles after missing around seven months due to a cruciate knee ligament injury. He was released by them at the end of last season, but has now proven his worth once more.
Flynn feels Labadie can provide a huge boost to his promotion challengers who are in the thick of the League Two pace setters.
“It didn’t take a lot of persuasion but he’s had a lot of teams interested in him,” Flynn told BBC Sport Wales. “When he was about to sign there was another club on the phone to him. He’ll be big for us. I can’t wait to get him back on the pitch.”
Labadie had previously suggested he wouldn’t return to Newport, posting on social media in the summer he wrote: “Just a quick note to the fans of Newport County for the tremendous support they have shown me during my two years at the club, which have been eventful to say the least.
He was once banned for six months for biting an opponent, but Flynn will be hoping the only bite he’ll offer this time around is in the middle of the park.
It’s a surprise that Labadie chose to sign for a club that he turned down in the summer. They had offered him a new deal but he opted not to sign it.
The calibre of the clubs looking at him has to be questioned and perhaps it turned out that Newport was a better option after all.