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INTERVIEW | Matty Dolan: "I’m over the moon to be staying here at the club"

30 April 2021

Matty Dolan says he's "over the moon" to extend his stay at Newport County AFC.

The 28-year-old penned a new two-year deal with the Exiles on Monday, ensuring he will remain with the club until the summer of 2023.

Dolan, who is now in his fourth campaign with County after joining the club from Yeovil Town in 2017, has been a key part of Michael Flynn's squad during his time at Rodney Parade.

He helped the Exiles on their way to the 2019 play-off final in his second season in south Wales and has also played his part in County's lengthy list of Emirates FA Cup scalps.

Dolan received a warm welcome after moving to Newport with his family from Yeovil, and wants to repay the Exiles by helping them in their bid to reach Sky Bet League One.

"I’m over the moon to be staying here at the club," said Dolan.

"We’ve gone from strength to strength since I’ve been here. All credit is due to my partner and my little one, they’re a long way from home as well and I think that’s brushed under the carpet sometimes.

"People don’t realise a huge part the partners have to play for the footballers.

"It’s become a place where my partner has enjoyed living, my little one has grown up around here and those decisions are massive so it’s a place where I’ve felt very welcomed."

Dolan, who has turned out more than 160 times for the Exiles since making the switch to Rodney Parade, has transitioned from a midfielder to centre-back in this term.

He has been also chipped in with six goals and three assists to aid County's promotion push this season.

And is hoping to finish strongly to ensure his side can go one better than they did two seasons ago.

"We had a fantastic start to this season, and I think everyone has been in fantastic form recently," he added.

"We have had a good core of players since I’ve been here which has been a pleasure on the pitch.

"I'll be looking to help this club keep progressing over the next two years while I'm here."


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