It’s been a whirlwind few days for defender Dan Butler. Just days after signing a new deal with the Club, he won the overall Player of the Year Award (as voted for by the fans) and was the very deserving winner of the Club’s PFA Community Player of the Year due to his work with the We Wear the Same Shirt Side.
Today, Dan Butler will hit the impressive milestone of 100 Appearances for Newport County AFC. He's only the second player in the current squad to reach this landmark after goalkeeper Joe Day.
After impressing at Torquay United, Butler was brought to Newport County AFC on a two-year contract in the summer of 2016 by then-manager Warren Feeney. He scored his first goal against Stevenage in January 2017 (a consolation as the Exiles fell to a 3-1 defeat), his second goal for the Club came later that month as he contributed to a fantastic home victory over Hartlepool United.
Butler's third goal was quite probably the most-important of his career for County. He helped himself to an equaliser against Crewe Alexandra which sparked a comeback for County in which Joss Labadie scored an 89th minute winner in Michael Flynn’s very first game in-charge.
Whilst Dan might not have been the smoothest of starts to his County career, he is now one of the names you expect to see on the team sheet and his dependable, reliable performances are likely what have seen him take home the Player of the Year Award this Season.
When asked about Butler reaching this milestone, Michael Flynn said: "I think Dan deserves it. He’s had a few tough times whilst with the football club where a lot of other players would have folded and given up. He’s shown that strength of character and he’s improved endlessly this season.
"Dan has been excellent and it’s a credit to him. I’m pleased that Dan will manage to get a century of games for Newport County AFC."