Robbie Willmott

Newport County AFC is delighted to confirm that Robbie Willmott has signed a new one-year deal with the club, subject to EFL approval.

The midfielder has put pen-to-paper on a contract that will see him remain at Rodney Parade until the summer of 2022.

Willmott joined the Exiles from Sky Bet League Two club Cambridge United back in 2013 and will be returning to the South Wales side after a loan spell at Exeter City.

He joined Newport County AFC in January 2013 and scored two goals in his debut to help the Exiles secure a 4-2 away at Lincoln City.

The 31-year-old was also part of the side that saw Newport County AFC finish third in the league, reaching the Conference Premier play-offs where they won 2-0 against Wrexham.

Following spells at Ebbsfleet United, Eastleigh, and Chelmsford United, Willmott returned to Newport County AFC in May 2017 where his opening day of the 2017-18 season saw a 3-3 draw at Stevenage.

He set up County’s second goal in the third round of the Emirates FA CUP in the 2017/18 season to knock out Championship team Leeds United. Willmott was also part of the side that saw the club reach the fourth round the following year in helping the side force Premier League team Tottenham Hotspur to a replay.

Wilmott then helped the Exiles go one better in the following campaign as they reached the fifth round against another Premier League outfit in Manchester City, before they secured their place in the Sky Bet League Two play-off final later in the season against Tranmere Rovers.

He has made over 240 appearances for the Exiles and will return to join the team for pre-season on Thursday 1st July.

After signing the deal, Willmott said: “I’m really pleased to be extending my stay with the club, I had a bit of time away with Exeter last season. I’ve been here now for eight years on and off so for me, it’s a special club where I’ve been able to make some great memories.

“I’ve been fortunate to be able to make a lot of appearances for the club and I’d like to be able to keep making many more. The memories I’ve made here have been brilliant such as the FA Cup, the play-off final and all the people at Newport County AFC have been very good to me.

“From the coaching staff to the players, they’re a great group of people and my daughter has grown up here, so I’m very settled down in Newport which is one of the main reasons for extending my stay.

“The gaffer and I have had a lot of good conversations about my deal, we’ve spoken about what he expects from me this season, I know how the club works so I’m really looking forward to getting started.

Manager Michael Flynn added: “Robbie has had some special moments at the club over the course of his career, so I’m pleased that he has decided to sign a new deal here and hopefully we can create some more.

“He’s a versatile player that can play in numerous positions for us and is a good character to have around the place. His experience will be important for us again next season.”

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