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23-y/o Sheffield Wednesday man completes EFL transfer switch

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Newport County have announced the signing of 23-year-old full-back Ashley Baker from Sheffield Wednesday on a permanent deal.

The defender has signed a one-and-a-half-year deal at Rodney Parade for an undisclosed fee.

Baker, who was born in Bridgend, returns to his home country with the Exiles, after failing to make a single appearance for Sheffield Wednesday this term.

Speaking to the club website, the 23-year-old said: “As soon as I found out there was interest, it was a no brainer for me to come back home to Wales and accept this great opportunity.”

“He is somebody who will not only strengthen us, but he looked comfortable playing in the Championship last season so this is a very important signing,” Exiles boss Michael Flynn added.

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Baker joined the Owls in January 2017, initially coming through the Cardiff City academy.

He last featured in a competitive game for Sheffield Wednesday in December 2018, playing the full ninety minutes against Swansea City.

He has gone on to make a total of thirteen first-team appearances for Sheffield Wednesday.

The 23-year-old is also capped by Wales at both Under-19 and Under-21 level.

The Verdict

Baker definitely has potential, and this deal represents a coup for Michael Flynn as the 23-year-old has dropped down two divisions to join Newport County.

With the Exiles aiming for the League Two play-offs once again this season, this signing will strengthen the back line at the club, and Baker will hope he develop as a player back in Wales.


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