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PRESS | New Signing Ashley Baker Previews Swindon Town League Clash at Rodney Parade

17 January 2020

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NCAFC’s January signing Ashley Baker is relishing the challenge of top of the league Swindon Town, and says he can’t wait to get started for the Exiles.

Baker’s first taste of playing at Rodney Parade could be Saturday's match with table-topping Swindon, but Baker feels it’s not important to focus too much on the opposition, “We’ll just concentrate on ourselves, I think that’s the best thing to do. We’ll look to upset the party, that’s what we’re planning on doing.

“Like the gaffer said before, it’s all about putting a run on, but like we said, we’ll take it one game at a time and we’ll want to upset Swindon on the weekend.”

Baker, who is from South Wales, was signed from Sheffield Wednesday in the week, and says it was an easy decision to come home, “My agent phoned me and said there was interest from Newport, asked me how do I feel about it.

“I said get it done as soon as you can, it took longer than we thought but I’m glad it’s done now.

“As soon as I knew there was interest, it was a no-brainer. To come back home, to play for Newport County, I couldn’t say no. I’m glad it’s done and I’m back home now.”

The 23-year-old played 12 times for Wednesday in his 3 year spell, and is now looking forward to trying and nailing down a regular starting spot for County, “I’m fit, ready to go, it’s just up to the gaffer now.

“Every game I’ll give 100%. I work hard, I can get up and down the pitch.”

Baker has also been keeping up with Newport’s results, especially their FA Cup exploits, “Some of the teams they’ve beaten in the FA Cup is frightening, I watched all of them on the TV. I’ve been down to Rodney Parade to watch a few games over the last few years and he’s (Michael Flynn) done one hell of a job.”

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