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DONE DEAL | Joe Day re-joins Exiles on three-year deal

11 June 2021

Newport County AFC is delighted to confirm that goalkeeper Joe Day has re-joined the club on a three-year deal.

Day has signed a contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2024 and will provide competition between the sticks with fellow shot-stopper Nick Townsend.

The goalkeeper re-joins the Exiles after leaving just under two years ago for Sky Bet Championship side Cardiff City.

He previously spent five seasons with County after a loan move from Peterborough United turned into a permanent transfer to Rodney Parade.

The 30-year-old helped the Exiles complete a remarkable turnaround in his third season in south Wales as they avoided relegation to the National League on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign.

He was also a part of the County side that reached the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup against Manchester City in the 2018/19 season. During that cup run, Day earned a clean sheet against Sky Bet Championship side Middlesbrough before dashing off to attend the birth of his twins, Sophia and Emelia.

In the same campaign, the goalkeeper helped the Exiles reach the Sky Bet League Two play-off final, which was his final of 243 appearances for the club prior to his move to the second tier.

Since departing, Day spent time in Sky Bet League One with AFC Wimbledon and, most recently, Bristol Rovers. He returns to the Exiles with 29 games under his belt after his spells with the Wombles and the Gas respectively.

After completing the deal, Day said: “It feels great to be back after the time that I spent with the club before. I have enjoyed some of the best memories of my career here and I’m looking forward to creating some more now over the next few seasons.

“I would be lying if I said I didn’t think about coming back here and I’m just really glad that the opportunity has come about. I know the expectations of the club now, so hopefully I can make a positive impact.”

Manager Michael Flynn added: “I think the resigning of Joe is a statement of intent from the football club and it shows what we’re trying to do ahead of the new season.

“He’s already enjoyed so many great memories at Rodney Parade and was a key player for us when I took charge in 2017.

“I am sure he learnt a lot during his time away over the last few seasons, so hopefully he can use that experience to help us get to the next level.”

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