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PRESS | Defender Dan Butler looks ahead to Saturday's match against Stevenage F.C

7 April 2018

Dan Butler says that there is still plenty to play for ahead of County’s game with Stevenage this afternoon at Rodney Parade.

Speaking to the Press at Thursday's weekly Press Conference, Dan Butler believes there is still plenty to fight for this season.

 “As a group, we just want to win as many games as possible, we want to try our best to keep pushing on and on.

 “Last season we survived relegation, but we took that good form into the start of this season. If nothing comes of this season, but we finish playing well and winning games, then that can be good for next season." 

The match will also see former County coach Dino Maamria return to Rodney Parade, but this will be no distraction according to Butler: “It's just another game for us, doesn’t matter who’s in charge of the opposition, just got to try and get three points.”

 Reflecting on the current season, the defender expressed how he feels it could have been even more successful: “There’s been a lot of games where we feel like we should have won which we either drew late on or lost late on.

 “If we were to have a better period over the past 2 months we could be right up there, so hopefully next season we can be up there.”

The 23-year-old also talked of how important these last few games are in terms of players’ futures: “I’m sure everyone’s got that in the back of their mind, but I think we’ll use that in the right way to hopefully get new contracts at Newport County AFC”.

 When talking about his own situation, Butler said: “I’m out of contract. I’d be happy to stay, I’ve had conversations with the manager, so we’ll see. Hopefully, we’ll finish the season well and something will get sorted.”

 Regardless of contracts, the former Portsmouth defender believes the club is headed in the right direction: “I think you can just see how well we’ve done this season compared to last season, and I honestly think that we can do even better.

 “I honestly think that this club and the people that are here will do even better next year.”

 Saturdays match with Stevenage will be the first league game for County since last Friday, after County’s Monday game with Chesterfield was called off. But Butler expressed that it was not the end of the world.

 “Don’t get me wrong it’s not ideal, but it happens, it’s happened before to me, it’s probably happened to every player in the changing room, so we’ve just got to get on with it and make sure when we do go there we try and get the 3 points again.”

 Following the postponement, the rearranged fixture has since been scheduled for Tuesday 1st May.

 

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