PICTURE by Newport AFC.
FORMER Connah’s Quay defender Priestley Farquharson made his English Football League debut this afternoon – in Newport’s 1-0 League Two win over Grimsby Town.
The centre back, who moved from the JD Cymru Premier champions to the Exiles in January, came on in the 47th minute of the match, replacing Ashley Baker.
Moments after he was introduced, fellow debutante Nicky Maynard scored what proved to be the winner at Rodney Parade as fourth-placed Newport claimed another three points to keep them hot on the heels of automatic promotion to EFL League One.
23-year-old Farquharson, who was reported to have attracted interest from Belgian Pro League side KV Oostende just last summer, impressed as Newport switched from a back three to a four in the second half and he deputised at right-back.
The Exiles had gone down to 10 men as the first half drew to a close following the dismissal of Scot Bennett.
Speaking to the South Wales Argus after the match, manager Michael Flynn hailed Farquharson as ‘immense’ and said he was brought on due to his physicality and his speed.
He had caught the eye of several clubs with his brilliant performances during Connah’s Quay’s first-ever JD Cymru Premier title win last season.
Andy Morrison’s side pipped serial title-winners The New Saints to the trophy on Points Per Game as the season was curtailed early due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
After a memorable campaign for club and player, Farquharson made the JD Cymru Premier Team of the Season and was also crowned the top-flight’s Young Player of the Season for his efforts.
He made a further 14 appearances for the Nomads in 20/21, scoring three goals, before departing for Newport last month.