Newport County have re-signed former winger Robbie Willmott as well as securing four others ahead of the new 2017-18 season.

Exiles boss Mike Flynn has made his plans clear by bolstering the squad already. The South Wales side survived relegation from the Football League on the final day of the season but have already tied down Joe Day, Marlon Jackson and Mark O’Brien. David Pipe has also became an Exile with a permanent deal.

Willmott became a popular figure at Rodney Parade in the Exiles’ promotion season back in 2012-13. But despite his cracking form, the winger was released by the Welsh Club in May 2015 after two successful seasons.

Goalkeeper Day made the move to Wales in 2015 following a short loan-spell, however the shot-stopper made 53 appearances in a dramatic season.

Pipe was sent on-loan to Rodney Parade from Vanarama National League side Eastleigh for the second half of the season, but his performances in 21 features impressed Flynn enough to warrant a permanent deal in South Wales.

Mark O’Brien also remains with Newport having played a direct role in keeping the Club in the Football League, scoring an 89th-minute winner against Notts County to push away the drop to Non-League football.

Willmott played the entirety of last season in step two of the Non-League pyramid with Chelmsford City, becoming a fan-favourite for the Clarets as his numerous assists fired the Essex side to the Vanarama National League South play-off final.

Prior to moving to Essex, Willmott played for Bishop’s Stortford and Eastleigh on-loan from Ebbsfleet United, and has previous Football League experience having made over 100 appearances for Cambridge United between 2007 and 2011.


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