The Portsmouth-based FA Standard Charter club made their approach, but club stalwart McInnes only sees his future at Newport.
“Moneyfields put in an approach for me last week and I’ve since spoken to them, but to be honest I love Newport and this is where I want to be.
“They’ve offered me a good financial package at Moneyfields but I decided to turn it down. I’ve been at Newport nearly 8 years now and I love the club.”
The Island club, who play at St George’s Park in Newport, have also confirmed that Cowes Sports forward and current top scorer Jordan Browne has signed for Newport IW Football Club, to the delight of manager Steve Brougham.
“At the beginning of the season, we had a team capable of a top six finish however, we lost two big players to Winchester City and that in effect pulled the rug out from underneath us to a degree.
“We’ve decided to really start to push the youngsters now at Newport and that is the way forward for us. We have Liam Newbold, Connor Kelly and Matt Gane coming through the ranks. Add to that Cameron Farley, Ryan Oatley, George Colson, Liam Triggs, Freddie Knowles and Jake Younie who are all still young but with plenty of match experience. They add to the current crop of Aiden Sainsbury, Matt Evans and Scott Jones who are all playing really well. We also have the experienced Iain Seabrook, Tom McInnes, Gary Streeter, Darren Powell and Oli Fleming that the next generation I’ve just mentioned can learn from. That’s the way forward for Newport Football Club now.
“We’ve got some really tough fixtures coming right up and we’ll be competing against teams which have a weekly budget. We don’t have that luxury so to be where we are with the excellent squad we have is a credit to everyone.
“I’m delighted with the signing of Jordan, he’s been one we’ve been watching for about a year now and I’m sure he’ll be a great asset to the squad”.
Experienced midfielder Tom Scovell and winger James Butt both go in the other direction to Cowes Sports and the club wishes them both the best in their futures.
“I’m sorry to be leaving Newport. If I was younger I would definitely have stayed and been patient, but at 32 I feel I’ve got a bit left to give and need to be playing and given a chance. Everyone’s opinion at the club means a lot to me.
“I’ve left the club on good terms and I think the world of Broughy and Simmo. I wouldn’t normally have contemplated this move, it’s just an age thing and I need to be playing. It was a heart-wrenching decision and I wish the club all the very best. Utp!”
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