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INTERVIEW | Cameron Norman: "I know how we’re going to go about it and I'm really excited to get going"

4 June 2021

Newport County AFC's latest signing Cameron Norman says he will add versatility to their defensive ranks and is happy to play anywhere.

Norman became County's first signing of the summer window after departing fellow Sky Bet League Two side Walsall last month.

The defender is predominantly a right-back but able to play across the back-line and has even featured further forward as a midfielder.

He featured in defence when he came up against the Exiles last season before playing on the wing in the reverse fixture at the Banks's Stadium.

And, after joining County on a two-year deal, the 25-year-old says he will slot in wherever Michael Flynn needs him.

"I can add enthusiasm and the gaffer knows that I can cover a lot of different positions," said Norman.

"He expects me to play to all my strengths which will hopefully help the team out hand in hand. 

"I’ve played right wing-back and right-back which is probably where you’ve seen me most, but I’d like to think that I’m a pretty versatile player who can fill in any roles if it needs be.

"I like to get the ball down and play football, but I also understand that my first job is to be a defender. 

"I've got high energy so hopefully I can create a lot of chances and, at the same time, be solid in defence."

Flynn implemented a new playing style last summer which saw the Exiles go all the way to the Sky Bet League Two play-off final before falling short against Morecambe on Monday.

The County boss said he would have looked to sign Norman if County had sealed their place in the League One next term because of his previous experience with Oxford United.

But, despite missing out on the chance to join the Exiles in a higher division, Norman is relishing a new campaign working under Flynn in the fourth tier.

"I’m a player that will listen to the gaffer and listen to how he wants to go about things because I want to win games and be successful.

"If we can go about it in the right way, get the ball on the floor and play some good stuff, then hopefully success will come hand in hand."

Norman spent last season's campaign towards the bottom end of the Sky Bet League Two table with Walsall but helped the Saddlers avoid the drop to the National League.

They finished 19th in the table - four places above the relegation zone - but now Norman wants to have a crack at sealing promotion at the opposite end of the table.

"I’m really excited for the season to start now after speaking to the gaffer and having looked at the goals and objectives for the season.

"I know how we’re going to go about it and I'm just really excited to get going. It’s nice to have a rest from last season to let the body recover but there’s still that same level of determination to go and be successful this season and achieve something.

"It’s the clear objectives from the gaffer and all the staff around him about what they want to achieve which really attracted me towards Newport County AFC.

"It’s something I want to be a part of, so hopefully it will be a good season."

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