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It is really difficult to successfully track down Newport County’s biggest and most expensive signings for a simple reason – they haven’t really been spending that much, or at all, in recent years and it is extremely interesting to note that they actually hold the record in that department as well.
As of 2017, the Exiles officially hold the record for the oldest club-record transfer fee among Football League clubs since their biggest signing, Alan Waddle who joined from Swansea City for £80,000, dates back to December 1980. That is simply an incredible fact and it’s also quite telling when it comes to their overall transfer policy.
Since then, there were a couple of other signings with a decent price tag, such as Christian Jolley’s £20,000 in 2013 and Joey Day’s £30,000 the very next year but they simply couldn’t get close to the signing that was made 40 years ago, which is quite unreal, to say the least.
Still, the situation is not as dire when it comes to exits from the club. Connor Washington left for Peterborough United in 2013/14 for a reported sum of £540,000 and that remains as the Exiles’ biggest piece of business ever in the history of the team.
After him, there are Regan Poole with his departure to Manchester United’s youth side for £180,000 and then way back in the ‘80s, Roger Freestone who moved to Chelsea for a reported sum of £120,000.
They round off the top three exits at the club to date.
Among some of the famous transfers, we have to mention Day himself, who was even included in the PFA Team of the Year in 2019 for his great performances while defending Newport County’s colours.
Of course, Waddle is someone whose names will remain in the history books for as long the club is standing and seeing how he’s still on top of the mountain 40 years after his arrival, it’s safe to say that he might stay there for a while longer.
But we also have to mention the likes of Dan Butler, Mark Byrne for championing the side during a tough period after his arrival and Padraig Amond for his signing back in 2017 and all the goals he was able to slot in ever since.
They might be struggling to stay afloat as of right now but the Exiles have some pretty famous signings on their books.