With the new season due to start on Saturday afternoon, we looked at some of the talking points ahead of 2022-23.
Ligue 2 transfer activity
With no competitive football to speak of in the summer months, discussions naturally focus on transfers in the off-season as clubs reassess their squads ahead of the next campaign.
After quickly becoming the most active club in League Two with eight new additions as of June 30 in a bid to have a full squad by the time of pre-season, Newport’s recruitment level would ultimately prove just below average in terms of entries with a total of 9.5 as of July 26.
The two busiest clubs in terms of new signings will both be of interest to Exiles, but former county manager Michael Flynn has brought 17 new faces to Walsall and hopes they will all have gelled by the time they visit Rodney Parade on August 6. – our first home game of the season.
Bradford, now managed by former Wales boss Mark Hughes, is close behind with 15 so far.
How far have County fans traveled this season?
Another big talking point for County fans ahead of the new season is how much travel the loyal Amber Army will have to make this season to track the Exiles.
With close neighbors Forest Green, Exeter and Bristol Rovers all promoted out of League Two last season and the likes of Stockport, Doncaster and Grimsby joining the league via National League promotion and relegation from League One, it’s is a very north-based Ligue 2 this season.
Our longest trip is expected to be the 281 mile trip to Carlisle while our closest day trip 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 in the team at the start of 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 joining the EFL in May 2013 with that unforgettable 2-0 win over Wrexham in the Conference play-off final at Wembley, the past decade in the club’s history has certainly been entertaining.
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 which saw us take on Tottenham and Man City while beating teams such as Leicester and Middlesbrough, we made a lot of memories.
We’re just days away from the start of another new season as we once again aim to make one to make you proud to be an Exile. Let’s make 2022-23 a success!