Jenkins heads out at Newport
Peter Beadle

Nationwide South club Newport County will have to make do without the services of Lee Jenkins after the midfielder decided to leave the club.

The 27-year-old was missing from the team that lost to Thurrock on Saturday and cited 'personal reasons' for his absence.

The former Wales under-21 international has been dogged by knee injuries since joining the Exiles in October 2005 and felt it best to part ways with the club.

"Lee can no longer give his full commitment to Newport County and for that reason we have taken the decision to release him with immediate effect," manager Peter Beadle explained.

"Lee has personal problems at the moment and it's a shame for all concerned," he told the South Wales Agrus.

Meanwhile, Julian Alsop has been told he faces weeks on the sidelines after seeing a specialist about a persistent ankle injury.

Beadle explained: "Losing Jules is a massive blow to us and he faces a while out on the sidelines.

"He's played through pain for a few weeks but it was too painful on Saturday and we feared he'd chipped a bone in his ankle.

"Luckily that isn't the case and he won't require surgery but his absence will be for a few games at least. Craig [Hughes] and Broughy [John Brough] should both be fine for Saturday's game away at Braintree Town."

Beadle also revealed his intention to strengthen his attacking department and is currently locked in negotiations in an attempt to bring new players in.

"By Thursday we will hopefully have one player in and possibly two, but you never know and we aren't just going to sign anyone," he added.

"We know the players we want, the board are aware of my intentions and hopefully they will do all they can to help me bring in the players I believe will boost our squad.

"As ever we won't bring someone in unless we feel they can improve us."

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