e was initially only on loan for a month. He then became the club’s record signing. Now, on Saturday, Joe Day is set to make his 200th appearance for Newport County.
Ever since his debut against Portsmouth in August 2014, Day has been a solid figure between the sticks and a calming influence to those in front of him. He has undoubtedly been an important part of County’s meteoric rise over the last few years, resulting in him being named County’s PFA Community Player of the Year in each of the last two seasons.
Speaking ahead to the trip to Tranmere, Joe said, "It’s one of those things; when you come to a club you want to play as many games as possible and it’s something I’ll be proud of, to get to 200 games."
Day continued by looking back on what has happened over the course of his time with the Exiles, “There’s been lots of ups and downs; lots of change. A lot of great moments; the great escape, the FA Cup run last year are the ones that stick out in the mind. The bad ones, you just try and forget."
After the club became fan-owned, Joe sought to get involved with it as much as he could and became a Trust member. "For me at that time, you felt like you could be part of something. When you’re at a club for so long and got a good relationship with everyone, you become a fan of the club."
It definitely seems that the future may remain Amber for Joe, as he has very much settled into his surroundings. "It’s a big part of my life now, I’ve moved with my wife and my little boy was born in Abergavenny so yeah definitely feel at home in South Wales."
Joe is keen to recognise the contributions of his team-mates and highlight the spirit amongst themselves. "We’ve got a really good group this season; the bond in the dressing room is as strong as I can remember. The standard we’ve set ourselves in training and even away from the training ground is the best it’s been since I’ve been at the club."
I invite everybody to get behind the team this Satuday and join me in wishing Joe all the best in his landmark appearance – here’s hoping it is marked with a win and a clean sheet.