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NEW DEAL | Lewis Collins extends Newport County AFC contract until 2023

11 June 2021

Newport County AFC is delighted to confirm that Lewis Collins has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

Collins has put pen-to-paper on a deal that will see him remain with the Exiles until the summer of 2023.

The 2020/21 campaign proved to be a breakthrough season for Collins, who progressed through County’s academy ranks and made his senior team debut four years ago.

He played a part in helping Michael Flynn’s side reach the Sky Bet League Two play-off final last term after making 16 league appearances - the most since he made the step up to the first team. 

The 20-year-old started the last five games of the regular season and scored his first EFL goal in County’s 4-0 win over Scunthorpe United in April to help the Exiles seal their place in the play-offs.

He then struck again in the first leg of the play-off semi-final first leg against Forest Green Rovers last month before providing the assist for Nicky Maynard in the second leg, which sealed a 5-4 aggregate win and sent County to Wembley.

Collins also enjoyed success in the Carabao Cup with the Exiles after starting in County’s opening day victory over Swansea City, and tested himself against Premier League opposition in the Emirates FA Cup when Brighton & Hove Albion made the trip to Rodney Parade in the third round.

He was rewarded for his performances last season with three call-ups to the Wales under-21s squad, making his debut against Belgium in October 2020.

After signing the new contract, Collins said: "I’m buzzing to be extending my stay here. We finished on a sour note at the end of last season, but we all know what we’re capable of and we’ve got a good foundation to build on heading into the season. I’m excited to get back to it and we’ll be looking to secure promotion.

"I got what I wanted at the end of last season and I thought I did a good job, so I’d like to think this contract is a reward for me - but it’s also there for me to kick on now and do more. The aim for me is to score more goals and if I’m put up front to do that, then I need to do the job."

Manager Michael Flynn said: "I’m delighted for Lewis because this new deal is a reward for his hard work throughout last season. I think he showed everyone what he could with his performances, and he finished the season strongly.

"He has been a pleasure to work with since stepping up to the first team from the academy, so I’m very pleased that he has decided to commit his future to the football club."

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