Thursday, February 20
Newport, Gwent, UK


City Captains to Stay

SKIPPER Sam Graves and vice-captain Nathan Thompson have committed themselves to Newport City’s bid to earn first-time promotion back to Division Two. The central defensive pair have turned down offers from higher-placed clubs to stay with the Newport Stadium club, which was re-branded from Llanwern FC at the start of last season.

“The signings of Sam (Graves) and Nathan (Thompson) in 2015-2016 stopped the rot of leaking goals when they arrived during the last campaign,” remarked City manager Sam Houldsworth.

“Sadly we were eventually relegated, but it was crucial that we retained their services and I am delighted they have decided to stay.

“The fact they both said they want to help us climb back to Division Two shows a great attitude and desire from them.
“They have both been playing Welsh League football for a number of seasons and were highly-sought after by many teams in Division One and Two.
“We feel by securing our captain and vice-captain after a tough relegation, other players will follow their lead and new signings will look at this as a sign of intent from the club.”

Graves is a former Pontypridd Town captain and Thompson played for the same club as well as Penybont.

City start pre-season training on June 20 and have arranged to play the following friendlies ahead of the 2017-2018 season in August.

July 8, away v Lliswerry; July 15, v Cwmbran Town (tbc); July 22, away v Usk Town; July 22, away v Newport City; July 29, away v Newport YMCA.

Article Reproduced with permission from original author Terry Daley

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