Coventry City boss Mark Robins reveals Stevenage's Darren Sarll beat him to sign Danny Newton's signature
PUBLISHED: 00:59 21 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:15 21 November 2017
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Stevenage forward Danny Newton has been a revelation this term – but it has emerged he could well have been playing for Tuesday’s visitors at the Lamex, Coventry City.
The Sky Blues boss Mark Robins has revealed he missed the boat to snap up the highly-rated Newton during the summer, and could well pay the price during the Sky Bet League Two clash.
Ricoh manager Robins regrets not acting faster to land the 26-year-old who netted 29 goals for Conference North team Tamworth during 2016-17 and was a free agent after coming to the end of his contract.
But as the experienced Robins chose not to offer the lively Newton a deal he ended up at the Jamie Vardy Academy in a last-ditch effort to enter professional football.
Thankfully for former Nuneaton Town and Hinckley United man – and Boro – Darren Sarll took the plunge as the impressive Newton has already grabbed seven strikes so far this season, not to mention enthralling home fans with his passion and ceaseless hard-work.
Speaking to Andy Turner at the Coventry Telegraph ahead of his side’s trip to North Herts Robins said: “They’re a decent side who have some decent players who will hurt you if they can.
“Danny Newton – who we were looking at – is banging goals in all over the place, so they have threats and we have to make sure we’re at it.”
When pressed on how near he was to getting Newton to sign on the dotted line for Coventry – who former City forward and Tamworth boss Andy Morrell believed would be an ideal addition for the Sky Blues, Robins added: “We have our scouting department and they had a look at it and thought there were other players out there who we were going to go for. And bear in mind he hadn’t played at this level.
“But now he’s done it and sometimes you miss some, and it looks like we may have missed one there, but you can’t sign everyone.
“I think Stevenage moved quickly on him. We had set up our recruitment department in three or four weeks and it was very, very difficult.
“I have a contact who was working with him at the Vardy Academy, a friend of mine who had given me the heads up on him, so we were aware of him.
“I hadn’t seen him play but yes, it will be interesting to see how he does against us.”
However Robins did land another non-league attacker before the season started when he signed Max Biamou from Sutton United, who has scored a solitary goal for Robins men, in the Checkatrade Trophy – but yet to notch a league goal so far.
For more on this story and the Coventry build up to Tuesday’s match at the Lamex visit the Coventry Telegraph.