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Season Preview: Key information ahead of 2022-23

26 July 2022

With the new season set to kick-off on Saturday afternoon, we've taken a look at some of the talking points ahead of 2022-23.

League Two transfer activity

With no competitive football to speak of during the summer months, talk naturally focuses on transfers during the off-season as clubs re-evaluate their squads ahead of the next campaign.

After quickly becoming the most active club in League Two with eight new additions by June 30 in a bid to have a full squad by the time of pre-season, Newport's level of recruitment would eventually turn out to be just below the average in terms of incomings with that totalling 9.5 as of July 26.

The two busiest clubs in terms of new signings will both be of interest to Exiles however as former County manager Michael Flynn has brought a whopping 17 new faces to Walsall and will hope they've all gelled by the time they visit Rodney Parade on August 6 - our first home fixture of the season.

Bradford, now managed by former Wales boss Mark Hughes, are close behind with 15 so far.

How far are County fans travelling this season?

Another big talking point for County fans ahead of the new season is the amount of travelling the loyal Amber Army will have to do this season to follow the Exiles. 

With near neighbours Forest Green, Exeter, and Bristol Rovers all getting promoted out of League Two last season and the likes of Stockport, Doncaster and Grimsby joining the league via National League promotion and League One relegation, it's a very northern-based League Two this season.

Our longest trip is due to be the 281-mile trip to Carlisle while our closest away day will be Swindon Town at 59 miles. 

Why is this season important?

It promises to be a big season for Newport this year, as manager James Rowberry has had his first summer to bring in his own players and fully implement his style onto the squad going into a season.

It's also a landmark season for the Exiles this season as the new year will mark 10 years since our return to the Football League.

Since re-joining the EFL in May of 2013 with that unforgettable 2-0 over Wrexham in the Conference Play-Off Final at Wembley, the past decade in the club's history has certainly been an entertaining one.

From our iconic great escape in 2017, to our two League Play-Off Finals in 2019 and 2021 and of course our memorable FA Cup runs that has seen us take on the likes of Tottenham and Man City whilst beating teams such as Leicester and Middlesbrough, we've made plenty of memories.

We're now just a couple of days away from the start of another new season as we again aim to make it one to make you proud to be an Exile. Let's make 2022-23 a successful one! 

 


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