HE’S already made 36 appearances in his first season at Newport County AFC, scoring 15 goals, but Jamille Matt insists that he’s feeling good and he doesn’t need a rest.

County manager Michael Flynn said his players “looked tired at key moments” during Tuesday’s 0-0 home draw with Port Vale.

And ahead of today’s League Two clash at Grimsby Town – a 480-mile round trip from Newport – the Exiles boss brought in two new strikers on transfer deadline day, as well as midfielder Ben Kennedy.

Ade Azeez and Harry McKirdy replaced the departed Mark Harris and Antoine Semenyo to provide competition for Matt and 17-goal top scorer Padraig Amond up front.

But Matt is raring to go against his former club today and he’s in no mood to give up his starting spot, despite a hectic February fixture list that means County play six games in three weeks.

“I feel good – the best I’ve felt for a long time,” said the 29-year-old.

“I want to play every game. It’s just about being professional and making sure you recover well.”

But he does welcome the deadline day signings.

“I think they are three good additions,” said the striker.

“I’ve played with Ben before when I was at Stevenage and I know he’s a good player.

“I’ve played against Ade and he’s another good signing.

“I don’t know so much about Harry, but he looks like he will add quality to the squad and good competition.

“We’ve got a lot of games coming up and the new arrivals will obviously help.

“We’ve also got a few boys coming back from injury as well and that will increase competition and push up the level in training as well.”

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Matt scored just four goals in 36 appearances while on loan at Grimsby from Blackpool last season and he’s keen to impress at Blundell Park this afternoon.

“It’s familiar territory for me,” he said. “I was there last year and the atmosphere is always good up there.

“It’s a tough place to go. The fans are very passionate and they’ve got a decent home record.

“I made some good friends there last year but I’m a Newport player now and I’m going there trying to score for Newport and get the win.”

One of his Grimsby goals came against County in this fixture last January but Matt was then sent off after a clash with Mickey Demetriou.

“I came on, scored and got sent off all within 20 minutes in that game,” he recalled. “It was eventful. I still tell Mickey off for diving!

“Hopefully I can get a goal again and not get sent off this time!”

A win would set up the Exiles nicely for Tuesday’s FA Cup fourth-round replay with Middlesbrough at Rodney Parade, but Matt is focused on Grimsby.

“We’re not looking ahead to Tuesday,” he said. “It’s a big game against Boro but the league is the main focus for us and we’re concentrating on Grimsby.”

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