Newport County promotion-winning nous pleases Anthony Hudson

Anthony Hudson
Hudson was part of Harry Redknapp's Tottenham Hotspur backroom team

Anthony Hudson believes his summer signings have added promotion-winning nous to his Newport County squad.

The Exiles boss has added nine new players to his squad and starts his first full term with a tricky opener at Kettering Town on Saturday.

County impressed in their first Blue Square Bet Premier season and hope for Football league promotion this term.

"The new signings are experienced and know what it takes to win at this level and the level above," said Hudson.

New signings striker Craig McAllister and defender Ismail Yakubu have previously won promotions with Crawley Town and AFC Wimbledon while midfielder Tommy Doherty has joined from League Two Bradford City.

Hudson, whose team went full-time in the summer, has also signed goalkeeper Danny Potter, defenders Paul Rodgers and Paul Robson, midfielders Felino Jardim and Guillaume Velez and striker Elliott Buchanan.

"I think my first five signings have won championships and got promoted at this level," said Hudson, appointed as Dean Holdsworth's successor in April.

"The best thing I have is that players want to play in the Football League and are dying to get there.

"We want players that want to play at a higher level and are not content with being at this level - and I'm the same way.

"I really don't want players here that are comfortable in the Conference and happy just to plod along."

County have been out of the Football League since the old Ironsides were relegated in 1988 and subsequently wound-up months later.

The phoenix club have risen to non-league's top-flight and were play-off contenders last season until a poor run of no wins in 12 games hampered their promotion dreams and the Exiles finished ninth.

And Hudson warned his players: "We're a long way away from where we need to be.

"We're competing against some tough teams and big clubs who have a history in the Football League over the last 10 to 15 years.

"But by being organised, disciplined, playing good football and enjoying training we can compete.

"Some big, big money has been spent in this league so it will be hard but we're focus on finishing as high as we can."