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Bailey is back in the Newport fold

By Matt Maher | Rugby | Published:

Newport are ready to field Super League ace Ricky Bailey in tomorrow’s North Midlands Cup clash with Hereford.

Bailey is back in the Newport fold

The 21-year-old has returned to Newport, where he starred as a junior, after spending the season contracted to St Helens in the sport’s other code.

And he is now set to play in the backs for Midlands Premier leaders Newport as they look to avoid a shock against Hereford, who play one level below in Midlands One West.

Director of rugby Bob Adams explained: “Ricky came through the ranks at Newport before being picked up by rugby league.

“He’s come back now their season has finished just to keep himself ticking over and get a bit of game time.

“He doesn’t know what is happening with his rugby league career at the moment so it is just a chance for him to keep in shape.

“We’ll see where it goes with him from there. Whenever he plays for us he will have a big impact. It’s a major plus for us and good to see him back.”

Determined

Bailey will be one of several changes to the team which fought back from 19-0 down to beat Sandbach 28-22 last weekend.

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Adams is determined to give some fringe players a chance, while also ensuring his team progress to the next round of the competition.

He said: “We will be taking the cup seriously but it is also a chance to give some of the younger lads an opportunity.

“We won’t be taking Hereford lightly. We know they are a team who can cause us problems.”

Newport have won five of their opening six league fixtures to sit top of the pile but Adams believes they are still some way from hitting top form.

He explained: “The performances haven’t quite been where we would want them to be, if we are being honest.

“I still feel there is a lot more to come from the team. One thing for sure is that we can’t keep giving teams a 19-0 lead, like we did last week.”

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher
Football MMPJ - @mjmarr_star

Sports journalist for the Express & Star

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