Team Squad

Manager: Mike Flynn

Appointed manager in May 2017 after overseeing the great escape from relegation after being appointed caretaker manager in March 2017 following the sacking of Graham Westley. Started his career with Newport County before a spell with Barry Town earned him a move to Wigan Athletic in 2002. He moved to Gillingham in 2005 and had brief spells at Blackburn, Huddersfield and Bradford City where he was club captain. He joined County in 2012 helping the side to win promotion to the Football League. In May 2014, alongside his playing role, he took over from Glyn Jones as youth academy director. Academy scholars Regan Poole, Aaron Collins and Tom Owen-Evans made first team debuts under his guidance. He left the Academy following the appointment of Grant Kalahar as Academy Manager in June 2015. After a brief spell at Welsh League side Undy Athletic as player-manager, he rejoined County as first team coach under new manager John Sheridan. In January 2016, Warren Feeney was appointed team manager and he was retained as first team coach. In October 2016 he again rejoined the Newport County coaching staff under Graham Westley before taking the reigns in March. Flynn led the team to safety with a marvellous run to drag them out of the relegation zone beating Notts County in the final game to complete "The Great Escape"

Assistant Manager: Wayne Hatswell

In March 2017 he rejoined County as assistant to Caretaker Manager Mike Flynn following the sacking of team manager Graham Westley. He started his career with Swindon Supermarine, before moving to Witney Town and Forest Green Rovers in 1999. He moved to Oxford United before Chester City in 2002 and Kidderminster in 2003 where he established himself as club captain. He then joined Rushden and Diamonds in 2006 during the transfer window. In 2008, he left to join Cambridge United before agreeing a two-year deal to become player coach at Dundalk in 2010. After just one year however, he was released by mutual agreement to join up with Dean Holdsworth at Newport County as player coaching. He had a brief spell as manager Conference North side Brackley Town and Stamford where he guided the club to promotion following a Play-Off Final win over Chasetown. In May 2013, he took up the post of First Team Coach at Newport County, teaming up with former Diamonds boss Justin Edinburgh. In February 2015, Edinburgh was appointed manager at Gillingham. Jimmy Dack stepped up to manager at Newport County assisted by Hatswell until the end of the 2014-15 season. Dack left Newport in April 2015 and Hatswell was subsequently released by the club in May 2015. In July 2015, Gillingham announced the appointment of Hatswell as the club's youth team manager, teaming up with Justin Edinburgh once again.

Goalkeeper Coach: James Bittner

Joined in June 2016 as reserve goalkeeper and goalkeeper coach. He started as a YTS at Swindon Town in 1998, before signing for Fulham in 2000. After spending time at Bournemouth and Queens Park Rangers he signed for Exeter City playing 42 times for the club. This was then followed by 2 injury plagued years at Torquay United and Woking. After recovering from a long term shoulder injury Bittner then joined Salisbury City in 2007. He played eighty-six games and in three seasons at the club. He joined Forest Green Rovers in 2010 but left for Hereford United in 2012, making 42 appearances, before joining Newport County on a short-term contract. After leaving Newport, he returned to Salisbury for a second spell as player coach. He signed for Plymouth Argyle in July 2014 as second-choice goalkeeper behind Luke McCormick. In July 2015, Bittner signed a new player/coach contract with Plymouth Argyle after agreeing to take the role of the club's new goalkeeper coach

Goalkeeper: Joe Day

Signed permanently in January 2015 from Peterborough United for an undisclosed record transfer after a short spell on loan. He began his career with Crystal Palace before joining Rushden & Diamonds in 2007. After spend time out on loan at Harrow Borough Day established himself in the Rushden & Diamonds first team. His performances led to him joining Peterborough United in April 2011. He spent most of the 2011–12 season on loan at Alfreton Town. He made his Football League debut for Peterborough United in January 2014 before joining  County on a one month loan, making his debut versus Portsmouth on 30 August 2014. Following some impressive displays the loan period was subsequently extended to the end of November 2014.
 

Goalkeeper: Nick Townsend

Signed two year contract in August 2018 on the eve of the new season. He began his career with Birmingham City, but never appeared for their first team. He spent time on loan with Conference North club Oxford City and Lincoln City of the Conference Premier before joining Championship club Barnsley, initially on loan, in 2015. In 2017, he had a brief loan spell with National League club Solihull Moors before being released by Barnsley at the end of the 2017–18 season.

 

 

Defender: Scott Bennett

Signed in June 2016 on a two-year contract after his contract at Notts County was cancelled by mutual consent. He started his career with Exeter City's youth system and made his first-team debut for Exeter as a substitute in 1–0 home victory over Swindon Town in League One in March 2011. He scored his first goal in November 2011 in a 3–0 home win over Tranmere Rovers and signed a new contract with Exeter in April 2012. In July 2014, Exeter manager Paul Tisdale announced that Bennett would succeed Danny Coles as captain. Bennett signed for newly-relegated League Two club Notts County on a two-year contract in May 2015. In October 2015, he joined County on loan until January 2016 and made his debut for Newport when starting in their 3–0 away defeat against Mansfield Town. He was recalled by Notts County on 31 December 2015 but joined York City on loan until the end of the 2015–16 season.

Defender: David Pipe

Resigned at County in May 2016 after short spell on loan from Eastleigh in January 2017. Former Welsh international previously with Forest Green having arrived at the club as Ady Pennock’s first summer signing in 2014. He began his career at Coventry City having come through the ranks at the Sky Blues featuring in the second tier of English football in his time there. A lengthy and successful move to Notts County saw him make well over a 100 appearances for the Meadow Lane side, with a £50,000 move to Bristol Rovers set to follow in 2007. He again became a fans favourite in his time at the Memorial Stadium and also spent time on loan for a couple of months at Cheltenham Town. In September 2011 he joined Newport County. As captain, he led the club to promotion to the Football League via a Conference National play-off final win at Wembley.

Defender: Mark O'Brien

Signed extension to his contract in May 2017 after originally joining County in January 2017 transfer window from Luton Town when his contract was mutually terminated. The 24-year-old former Republic of Ireland Under-19 international joined the Hatters from Derby County in the summer of 2015 and made nine appearances in his first season with the club.  He finished 2015/16 on loan at Vanarama National League club Southport, for whom he also played earlier this term on a similar deal before injury cut short his second spell on Merseyside. Scored legendary late goal in last game of 2016/17 against Notts County to keep County in League Two.

 

Defender: Mickey Demetriou

Signed in January 2017. He began his career at hometown club Worthing as a striker, and after a spell at Bognor Regis he was invited to attend Glenn Hoddle's Academy in Spain. He joined Conference club Eastbourne Borough in 2011 before moving onto Kidderminster Harriers and he signed an one year contract notching up over 100 appearances. In June 2014, Mickey he signed a two year contract with League Two club Shrewsbury Town. By the end of January 2015, he had already racked up 30 starts in all competitions and many more clean sheets and assists. Shrewsbury were promoted to League One meaning that his first season in League Two was brief. In September 2015 Mickey joined Cambridge United on loan appearing 15 times in all for United, Mickey's loan ended in the New Year and he returned to parent club Shrewsbury. He suffered a knee injury in April 2016 and worked his way back to fitness before joining County.

Defender: Tyler Forbes

Signed in June 2018 after his release from Brighton & Hove Albion on a one-year deal. Forbes came through the ranks with Preston Noah End before securing a move to Fleetwood Town in 2014. The 22-year-old made his professional debut for Fleetwood in November 2014 and went on to make 38 appearances for the League One club in a two-year spell, before making the switch to Brighton. Forbes spent time on loan with Accrington Stanley in 2017/18, featuring 10 times throughout the campaign. The versatile defender was then released by Brighton at the end of the 2017-18 season.

 

Defender/Midfield: Robbie Willmott

Re-Joined County in May 2017 from Conference side Ebbsfleet United. A natural left winger and utility player who can play on either flank, came through the youth ranks at Cambridge United and made 108 appearances. In 2011 he left the U's to join Luton Town, where he made 54 appearances before returning to the The Abbey after one season, playing a further 20 games for Cambridge. The 27-year-old then spent two seasons at Newport County and was part of the side that gained promotion to the football league making 81 appearances between 2013 and 2015, before signing for Fleet in 2015, but he played in just 12 matches for the Kent side and had spells on loan at Eastleigh and and Stortford respectively.


Defender: Fraser Franks  

Joined County on a two-year contract in June 2018 from Stevenage who he joined during the 2015 close season. It came after his contract at League Two rivals Luton Town was ended a year early by mutual consent. The centre half made just 13 appearances in a Luton shirt in 2014-5. Prior to his spell at Kenilworth Road, Franks had been at Welling United and won promotion to the Conference Premier during his time at the Wings. He started his playing career at Chelsea, before moving to Brentford and turning professional at Griffin Park. A loan spell at Basingstoke Town proved a success, with a permanent switch to AFC Wimbledon following in 2010. His career included loan spells at Hayes and Yeading United and County, but injuries and fitness continued to be an issue.
With a fair amount of League Two experience and success at the highest level of non-league football he is a solid acquisition for County

Defender: Dan Butler   

Joined County on a two-year contract in June 2016. He joined Portsmouth's youth categories in 2004, aged 10, and signed a two-year scholarship with Pompey in July 2010. In June 2012, he signed a one-year professional deal. In August 2012, he made his debut in the League Cup in a 3–0 defeat at Plymouth Argyle. In November 2014, he joined Havant & Waterlooville on a one-month youth loan deal from Portsmouth. In January 2013 he made his senior league debut in a League One match at Fratton Park, against Hartlepool United, starting the match. He finished the season with 17 league appearances, 15 as a starter. In May 2013, he signed a new two-year contract with Pompey. He signed with Aldershot Town on loan in October and returned to Portsmouth in December, after suffering a knee injury while on loan at Aldershot. In March 2014 after being fully recovered from injury, Butler rejoined Aldershot. He was a first-choice for Pompey in the 2014–15 season, but was still released in May 2015 and joined Torquay United in July 2015
 

Midfield: Josh Sheehan

Returned to County in January 2018 on a permanent 18-month deal after previous loan spell from Swansea City. He joined Swans academy at the age of 10 and his long range goal against Cardiff City in FAW Welsh Youth Cup earned the praises of many. Signed a professional contract until summer 2015 and made his professional debut for the club against Rotherham United in the League Cup. In Feb 2015, Sheehan signed for Yeovil Town on a month's emergency loan which was later extended until the end of the season. Upon returning to Swansea, he captained the Under-21 team and he subsequently signed a new contract with Swansea. He rejoined Yeovil on loan in September 2015, returning to Swansea in January 2016. In August 2016, he joined County on loan which was extended to the end of the 2016–17 season before returning to Swansea in March 2017 after being ruled out for the remainder of the season through injury.

Midfield: Joss Labadie

Joined County from Dagenham & Redbridge on a two-year contract in June 2016. He started his career with West Bromwich Albion joining their academy in 2006 and has also played for Tranmere Rovers and Notts County. After being released by Torquay in 2014, he joined Dagenham for two seasons and the 25-year-old made 52 league appearances for the Daggers, who were relegated from the Football League in the 2015-16 season scoring 6 goals.

 

 

Midfield: Matt Dolan

Signed in June 2017 from Yeovil Town after rejecting their new contract offer. Initially part of Middlesbrough's youth academy although he didn't make any first team appearances for the club, he earned a 4 year contract whilst he was 17 years old. He captained their U21 side, and whilst he was on their books he went on loan to play for Yeovil playing a part in the 2012-13 promotion side. After returning to Middlesbrough he had a 24 game loan spell with home town club Hartlepool United during the 2013-14 season, followed by another 11 game loan spell with Bradford City. They took him on for the 2014-15 season on a permanent basis upon release from Middlesbrough, where he made a further 17 appearances, punctuated by a second brief Hartlepool loan spell. After being released by the Bantams at the end of the 2014-15 season he signed for Yeovil as a free agent. He made 103 appearances for Yeovil and scored 9 goals.

Midfield: Andrew Crofts

Signed in June 2018, the centre midfielder arrived at Rodney Parade on a one-year deal following a short spell in League One with Scunthorpe United. He has a wealth of experience with more than 500 league appearances to his name across a 17-year career. The 34-year-old started his journey with Gillingham, before going on to play for Brighton and Hove Albion, Norwich City and Charlton Athletic. He has also represented Wales on 29 occasions, most recently featuring in last November’s friendly fixture with 2018 World Cup nation Panama.
 

 

Attack: Padraig Amond

Signed in August 2017 from Hartlepool where spent the 2016/17 season. The 29-year-old blasted an incredible 37 goals in 2015/16 for Grimsby Town, becoming a huge fans’ favourite at Blundell Park as he played a key role in The Mariners’ promotion to the Football League. They offered the Irishman new terms in summer 2016, but Pools persuaded him his future was at Victoria Park. He began his career as a schoolboy with Shamrock Rovers spending 3 years before joining Sligo Rovers at the end of 2009, continuing to find the net on a regular basis. After a stint in the Portuguese top flight with Pacos de Ferreira, he returned to England on a season-long loan with Accrington Stanley in August 2011, making a permanent move the following summer. In the summer of 2013, Amond moved to Morecambe following a successful trial and scored 19 times in 50 appearances for The Shrimps before moving on to Grimsby and Hartlepool.
 

Attack: Jamille Matt

Signed in June 2018, the 29-year-old joined from Blackpool making 39 appearances since start of the 2016/17 season, scoring on 3 occasions helping them achieve promotion to Sky Bet League One. He spent 2017/18 on loan at Grimsby Town scoring 4 goals in 34 appearances. His professional career started at Kidderminster Harriers, scoring a total of 22 goals in 62 league appearances for the club. His performances caught the eye of Fleetwood Town, who secured his services in January 2013 by paying a club transfer fee. Despite missing the 2014/15 season through injury, he made a total of 63 appearances for the club scoring 16 goals. In his final season at the club, he spent 2 months on loan at Stevenage scoring once in 8 appearances. He also enjoyed a short loan spell at Plymouth Argyle, where he scored 7 times in 14 appearances.
 

Attack: Keanu Marsh-Brown

Signed in June 2018, the winger joins County on a two-year deal, after failing to win a new deal at Forest Green, spending the back-end of last season on loan with Dover Athletic. Marsh-Brown begun his career with Fulham as a youngster, before joining Oldham Athletic in 2012 after loan spells with MK Dons and Dundee United. Following a brief spell at Oldham, Marsh-Brown joined Yeovil Town, before going on to play for Barnet and Forest Green Rovers. The 6ft 1″ winger also has international experience, representing England at under-16 and under-17 level. He also has three caps for the England C setup.