ADAM CHAPMAN SIGNS FOR NEWPORT
Exiles snap up Adam Chapman and Chris Zebroski
southwalesargus.co.uk Wednesday 5th June 2013
By Michael Pearlman
NEWPORT County have completed a double deal for midfielder Adam Chapman and striker Chris Zebroski.
The Exiles unveiled the pair at a Rodney Parade press conference this evening and will feel they’ve pulled off a significant coup with Chapman.
The 23-year old is no stranger to Exiles supporters after a successful loan spell at Spytty Park in 2011/12 before he returned to parent club Oxford United.
Last term Chapman was on loan at Field Mill, helping Mansfield to win the Blue Square title.
The Stags had hoped to keep Chapman (comment by Martin - this is conjecture by the South Wales Argus), but Edinburgh’s pre-existing relationship with the player meant he chose the Exiles in preference and Newport will even pay an undisclosed fee for him.
Chapman is only the third player after Conor Washington and Christian Jolley to sign for Newport for a cash sum.
Nomadic striker Chris Zebroski was also confirmed as an Exile after a brief stint with Eastleigh.
The former Wycombe, Cheltenham, Torquay and Bristol Rovers striker, 26, has penned a one-year deal.
Both players have had problems in the past, Zebroski no worse than a giant falling out with his manager at Cheltenham, but Chapman served 30 months in a young offenders’ institute after pleading guilty to a charge of death by dangerous driving. He was texting at the wheel and served 14 months
Double delight for Justin Edinburgh
Thursday 6th June 2013 South Wales Argus By Michael Pearlman
DELIGHTED Newport County boss Justin Edinburgh admits he can’t believe his luck after landing his top two summer transfer targets.
The Exiles last night unveiled 23-year-old Adam Chapman, a Northern Ireland U21 international, on a two-year deal with a club option of a third season.
Edinburgh has also landed free agent striker Chris Zebroski, 26, who spent last season with Cheltenham Town and then Conference South side Eastleigh. He has signed a one-year deal.
Both players have been in talks with the Exiles for a number of weeks but the signing of Chapman in particular is seen as something of a coup.
“I think Adam made a big difference for Mansfield, I think he pushed them over the top in terms of their promotion,” Edinburgh said.
“When he went there we did fear he might move in that direction, he played a major role in getting them up.
“Our fans will know him from his previous loan spell and they took to him. He will give us goals, vision and aspects maybe we don’t always get from midfield.
“Chris is at his peak at 26, he knows this league and that’s what we are looking for, players who add a new dimension and bring competition.”
Both of Newport’s signings have somewhat chequered pasts.
As reported previously in the Argus, Chapman served 14 months in a young offenders’ institute on a death by dangerous driving charge and Zebroski acknowledged that he has battled issues with alcohol in the past.
But Edinburgh insists he’s always going to be a manager who offers second chances.
“I think people need opportunities in life, we’ve had one or two of them in my time here and both boys are young and have already achieved a lot in the game,” he said.
“They have desire, they have ambition and I think they both offer us something different.
“They were easy decisions to make. There are other options out there but I feel they fit the model of player I want.
“I’ve been very lucky to sign my two first choices and having also kept all the players we desired, you can’t ask for too much more.
“They join a special group of players and I have no doubt they fit the mould for how I want to play.
“We’ve paid a fee for Adam and I can only thank the chairman (Les Scadding) for once again backing my judgement and allowing me to bring in what I feel is the right player.”
Chapman admits he had other options but was seduced by Newport during his previous loan spell with the club.
“I hope County fans are pleased I’m back, I really enjoyed my time here and I would happily have stayed here longer that season,” he said. “I stayed in contact with the manager and I think highly of him, he was a big factor in me coming back here as was Jimmy Dack.
“Things have changed at the club massively, but all for the better and I can’t wait to play my part.”
Adam Chapman vows to repay Exiles
Saturday 8th June 2013 By Michael Pearlman
ADAM Chapman admits lots of clubs wouldn’t touch him with a barge pole but insists he’ll work double time to repay the faith shown in him by Newport County.
Manager Justin Edinburgh swooped to sign the Oxford United man this week, ending an 18-month pursuit of a player who previously was on loan at Spytty Park.
The 23-year-old attacking midfielder will now get to light up Rodney Parade for potentially the next three years, but admits he’ll always have to work harder to gain acceptance at a new club.
The recent new father has had to grow up quickly, not least because of a stretch in a young offenders’ institute for causing death by dangerous driving, an offence he served 14 months for between 2010 and 2011.
“The gaffer has massive faith in me, he judges a player as a player,” he said.
“But I’ve said before that I wouldn’t criticise a manager for not signing a player who has a past like mine.
“It’s great Justin doesn’t look at that, he is only interested on what I can do on the pitch and what I’ll bring to the dressing room.
“I’ll never forget my past or be free of it, but I know I am joining up with a management team who will help me if I need help, they are very approachable.”
Chapman admits he chose Newport over Mansfield, who were also keen on him.
“I picked Newport over Mansfield because of the manager, he was a massive part of it,” he said. “I loved my time here before and would have happily stayed longer, it was just that Oxford called me back.
“I really enjoyed working with all the management team, Jimmy Dack and Wayne Hatswell as well.
“I am thrilled ‘Hats’ has come back into things because that makes me feel a lot more comfortable as well.
“We stayed in contact, the manager and I, and he’s always full of support and advice.
“Once Newport went up and I spoke to the manager my mind was made up this would be the best move for me.
“They have made amazing progress, the club has come on leaps and bounds, with the ground move as well, the proof is there.”
Chapman is hoping the move to Newport brings closure to what happened to him and will be a significant step for his family.
“I will be moving down with my girlfriend,” he said.
“We are looking at houses, we’ve got a young baby and it’s a big move for us all.
“We want to settle and put down roots and with the length of the contract I’m able to do that. A fresh start on and off the field will do me and the family good.
“It’s nice being based near your home but me and my girlfriend decided it’d be good for the family to move down and make a clean break.”
REMINDER OF EARLIER STORY:
Chapman signs from Oxford
mansfieldtown.net 6th March 2013
We can now confirm that highly-rated midfielder Adam Chapman has today joined us on loan until the end of the season from Oxford United, with a view to a permanent move at the end of the campaign.
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