DAN Butler enjoyed a special weekend as he made his 150th appearance for Newport County AFC before picking up his PFA Player in the Community Award at a special ceremony in London.

The left-back helped County claim a point in the 0-0 draw with Tranmere Rovers at Rodney Parade on Saturday afternoon.

And on Sunday night he was honoured for his support of the 'We Wear the Same Shirt' County in the Community football group at the EFL Awards.

Speaking about the recognition, Butler told iFollow Exiles: “I’ve said it so many times to everyone I’ve spoken to about it, it’s really rewarding for me to be able to give back to the people who support us as a group. I’ve really enjoyed it, and long may it continue.

“Norman Parselle doesn’t get enough credit for what he does for the football club and the community.

“If it wasn’t for him, the whole group wouldn’t be together. I would never have met them so it’s all down to Norman really and I really appreciate it.

“I’m not a superhero, I’m just a footballer who wants to give a little bit back to the fans who support us. If it makes them happy and it gives them a boost, I’m happy. That’s my job.”

Butler was brought to Newport from Torquay United by Warren Feeney in the summer of 2016 and he’s been a key player for current boss Michael Flynn over the past two years.

“It’s something I pride myself on – being available for every game,” said the 24-year-old.

“I look after myself and I’m really happy to make my 150th appearance for the club.

“It’s been a good 150 games, a lot more positives in there than negatives.

“I’m really proud because I’ve been here nearly three seasons and to make this number of appearances for the club in that time is something that I’m really proud of, and hopefully there’s going to be some more.

“I want to play every single game. I’m a professional footballer, I like training, but I love playing in the games.

“I’m never happy missing a game so to play that many is something I’m really happy about.”

Saturday’s stalemate did not help County’s play-off hopes, but Butler is still optimistic that they can make the top seven.

“Tranmere are in a very good position in the league and you never know, come the end of the season this could turn out to be a very important point,” he said.

“We kept a clean sheet as well, so we have to take the positives.”

The defender is no doubt, however, about the significance of tomorrow night’s home clash with 10th-placed Swindon Town.

“It’s another massive game,” he said. “We’re at home, we’ve got to be confident like we were [on Saturday] and we’ve got to be prepared to fight.

"Hopefully Tuesday we take our chances and we come away with the three points. That’s the aim.

“We need to make sure we’re competitive in every single game until the season is over and, hopefully, we land in the play-offs.”