Flynn: I have taken pay cut to stick with the Exiles

South Wales Argus: Mike Flynn shoots (4974645) Mike Flynn shoots (4974645)

NEWPORT County’s Mike Flynn admits he has turned down financial security for a shot at leaving a lasting legacy at his hometown club.

The midfielder, who has played over 400 games in the Football League, is expected to be confirmed next week as Newport County AFC’s Development Coach, while at the same time continuing with his duties as a first team player.

It’s a far cry from earlier last season when manager Justin Edinburgh declared publically his intention to release Flynn.

The 33-year old vowed to try and prove the boss wrong and admits he turned down two concrete offers to move on and remain in the Football League.

Instead, Flynn will take a pay-cut and sacrifice his one day off a week in order to begin an exciting new chapter.

“The whole situation last season was unfortunate, the clauses in the contracts about automatic renewals forced the manager to speak about it and it didn’t look good for me,” Flynn explained.

“I felt I had played my best football for County up until Christmas and then I had a bad game and was out the side.

“It was a no-brainer for me to remove the clause and make myself available, but I still thought my time at County had come to an end.

“If I am honest, I am not sure I’d have got this second chance if we hadn’t had a bad run in terms of results.

“It gave me another opportunity to impress the manager and he was a big, big person for coming out and saying he’d changed his mind on me and maybe had made the wrong decision.

“You don’t get too much honesty like that in football and it only added in my mind that I wanted to stay.

“Another club had promised me that whatever Newport offered me, they would beat it and try and give me coaching opportunities.

“But it’s not about the money for me. It’s about being part of something special with the club I love.”

Flynn has already met with County’s first and second year scholars and has re-scheduled their training programme to ensure he’s available to run the sessions, including on the first team’s day off.

However, at 33-years old and having been a star turn for the Exiles at times last term, Flynn insists he’s far from finished as a player.

Indeed, he’s already planning not just for this season, but for next.

“I know some people, because Newport is a very cynical town, think I’m just going to be happy being this bit-part player picking up his wages and concentrating more on youth coaching than playing, but that isn’t me,” he said.

“As soon as I agreed to stay, about two days after the season ended, my pre-season started.

“I’ve been working really, really hard this summer and I feel as fit as I have done since I was 25 or 26 and that’s the truth.

“I expect to be quite hands on with the academy during pre-season, because I’m not going to need to do as much fitness work as some of the other first team players.

“And I’m not going to be content to be on the periphery.

“I still think I’ve got a lot to give the team and I’m not thinking about this season being my last.

“I’m hoping I’ll be able to earn another contract for next season.”

Don’t miss next week’s Argus Sport as Flynn outlines his blueprint for the Newport County Academy.

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10:23am Sat 28 Jun 14

sooty001 says...

A true and more loyal player you could ever wish to meet, thank you Mike the supporters are behind you 100%.
Just a bit of info went over RP this week and the grass is growing well, looking in very good condition and they are even cutting it already, so fingers crossed for a uninterrupted season.
A true and more loyal player you could ever wish to meet, thank you Mike the supporters are behind you 100%. Just a bit of info went over RP this week and the grass is growing well, looking in very good condition and they are even cutting it already, so fingers crossed for a uninterrupted season. sooty001
  • Score: 11

11:11am Sat 28 Jun 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

in the days of footballers biting peoples shoulders, footballers auditioning for swan lake with every dive, footballers throwing their rattles out of their pram because their birthday cake wasnt big enough, here is a heart warming story from a player who WANTS to play football and play football for NEWPORT COUNTY.

mike flynn great pro and SOOOOOOOO much more to offer THE COUNTY :-)
in the days of footballers biting peoples shoulders, footballers auditioning for swan lake with every dive, footballers throwing their rattles out of their pram because their birthday cake wasnt big enough, here is a heart warming story from a player who WANTS to play football and play football for NEWPORT COUNTY. mike flynn great pro and SOOOOOOOO much more to offer THE COUNTY :-) COUNTYVOICE
  • Score: 14

11:17am Sat 28 Jun 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

been a bit quiet on the argus forum last month lets kick up a stir................
.......DANNY CROWE top scorere next season ...... any odds?
been a bit quiet on the argus forum last month lets kick up a stir................ .......DANNY CROWE top scorere next season ...... any odds? COUNTYVOICE
  • Score: -6

11:33am Sat 28 Jun 14

lowandhardandinthecorner says...

All credit to the guy. I for one, am delighted that Edinburgh changed his mind.
All credit to the guy. I for one, am delighted that Edinburgh changed his mind. lowandhardandinthecorner
  • Score: 6

9:49pm Sat 28 Jun 14

larneman says...

sooty001 wrote:
A true and more loyal player you could ever wish to meet, thank you Mike the supporters are behind you 100%.
Just a bit of info went over RP this week and the grass is growing well, looking in very good condition and they are even cutting it already, so fingers crossed for a uninterrupted season.
Thanks for that sooty001 lets hope the lads can produce some good results on it. Enjoy your football. I agree about Flynn.
[quote][p][bold]sooty001[/bold] wrote: A true and more loyal player you could ever wish to meet, thank you Mike the supporters are behind you 100%. Just a bit of info went over RP this week and the grass is growing well, looking in very good condition and they are even cutting it already, so fingers crossed for a uninterrupted season.[/p][/quote]Thanks for that sooty001 lets hope the lads can produce some good results on it. Enjoy your football. I agree about Flynn. larneman
  • Score: 5

6:38pm Sun 29 Jun 14

scraptheWAG says...

when i first saw the headline i thought it was the geriatric old mp
when i first saw the headline i thought it was the geriatric old mp scraptheWAG
  • Score: 1

11:02am Tue 1 Jul 14

Jimport says...

I've seen him out running on the streets at all hours, looking fast and strong, he definitely seems to be grafting for his place in the squad. You can't fault his commitment.
I've seen him out running on the streets at all hours, looking fast and strong, he definitely seems to be grafting for his place in the squad. You can't fault his commitment. Jimport
  • Score: 1

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