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Manager Dean Holdsworth signs new Newport County deal

Dean Holdsworth
Dean Holdsworth has been maanger of the Spytty Park club since May 2008

Manager Dean Holdsworth has penned a fresh two-year contract at newly promoted Newport County.

"I am very pleased to have signed with a club that have grown both on [and off] the pitch," said Holdsworth, who has the option of a third year.

The former Wimbledon, Bolton Wanderers and England B striker took the Spytty Park club into the Blue Square Premier with a record-breaking season.

He had one year remaining on his old deal, but had been coy on his future.

A statement on the club website said: "Dean is central to our plans as the club hopefully moves towards full-time football over the next two-year period.

The importance of full-time training cannot be underestimated

Dean Holdsworth

"I am sure that you will all be as delighted as the board that we have been able to lay another important foundation for the exciting new season which is just around the corner."

Newport had been in the same division for 15 years until Holdsworth was appointed in May 2008, the Englishman having joined the club as a player the previous year.

"We have had such great times this year and I'm now looking forward to sustaining our conference premier status and seeing just how far we can take this group of players whilst building the club," said Holdsworth.

"It's going to be a great challenge competing against some big names in this division and we are all looking forward to our pre-season programme.

"The importance of full-time training cannot be underestimated and will be a brilliant chance for us to work with players."

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see also
Holdsworth coy on County future
16 Mar 10 |  Non League
Newport County 2-0 Havant & W
15 Mar 10 |  Non League
Holdsworth takes on Newport job
18 May 08 |  Welsh
Newport sign veteran Holdsworth
09 Feb 07 |  Welsh
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