It’s been a remarkable season for defender Ben White. The twenty-year-old has impressed with his timely tackles, pin-point passing, and classy composure and has been one of the pillars of the team wherever he's been asked to play. His consistency has even seen Michael Flynn describe the centre back as “the best loan signing the Club has ever made”.
Earlier this week, Ben was rewarded for all his efforts as his parent-Club Brighton & Hove Albion offered him a new deal which will see him remain with the Seagulls until 2021.
Speaking to the Brighton & Hove Albion website, Ben hailed his time with Newport County as a key factor in helping him secure his new deal.
“It’s been a good season for me on loan at Newport County and I feel as though I’ve been rewarded for that,” he said.
“It’s been amazing for me, I’ve got some competitive games under my belt every week and I’ve been playing against all kinds of opposition in front of crowds – it’s been invaluable.
“It was my first senior loan spell and I was bit anxious at first – but they’re a great group of lads to play alongside. It’s taught me to believe in myself and have confidence in my ability as a footballer.
“It’s a physical division and the biggest challenge is adjusting from academy level.
“I’d say the aerial challenges in the league took me time to adapt to, the ball spends a lot of time in the air during games and there are a lot of physical forwards.”
Ben also spoke about the amazing Emirates FA Cup Run he was part of with the Club.
“What we achieved and the manner in which we secured the game with Tottenham Hotspur was brilliant,” he told the Seagulls website. “Then we nearly beat them in the home tie, but to then play at Wembley Stadium was a dream come true.
“Facing Harry Kane was great for me and I feel like I more than held my own against him.
“His movement was very clever and he always made sure he got himself in-between me and the ball all the time as well, and he was very sharp.”
It’s not just Brighton who have rewarded Ben for a fantastic Season, South Wales Argus readers have already voted him their Player of the Year and, whilst Ben must wait to see if he takes home the main prize at the NCAFC Awards Ceremony on the 28th April, it’s certain that Newport County AFC supporters will be sad to see the talented youngster leave in the summer will look forward to see where his promising career will take him.