FORMER Newport County AFC goalkeeper Joe Day looks set to join Exiles stalwart Scot Bennett in reuniting with Michael Flynn at Cheltenham Town.

Flynn, who enjoyed a hugely successful spell in charge of his hometown club between 2017 and 2021, has taken over at League Two rivals Cheltenham this week and he is keen to recruit two of his Rodney Parade favourites.

Neither deal is complete yet, but Bennett and Day – who both left Newport this summer after making more than 300 appearances for the club – are reportedly close to joining Flynn at Whaddon Road.

Flynn is working closely with newly-appointed Robins director of football Gary Johnson, with several transfer targets already identified and close to being completed.

“We are already starting conversations and hopefully trying to get some players over the line as soon as possible,” said Flynn.

“When we come back for the start of pre-season, we want the group to bond as quickly as possible and to be part of that team ethic.

Joe Day looks set to join his former boss at Cheltenham TownJoe Day looks set to join his former boss at Cheltenham Town

“We have to get recruitment right and we’ll discuss together, agree and disagree, but, ultimately, it’s my head that’s on the block or getting the statue built – there is no in between in football!

“We’ll be thorough in everything we do and it’s not just about ability, it’s about affordability, attitude and injury records so we’ll do our due diligence to try and make sure we get the right characters to represent this football club.”

Meanwhile, current County number one Nick Townsend played the full 90 minutes as he helped Antigua & Barbuda to a 1-1 home draw against Bermuda in a Concacaf World Cup qualifier on Wednesday night.

The Solihull-born stopper qualifies for the Benna Boys through his grandfather.

But because of names missing on birth certificates, it took four years to prove his eligibility and involved DNA tests to establish his heritage.

Townsend made his Antigua & Barbuda debut against Barbados in 2022.

Wednesday’s match marked a return to the international scene for the 29-year-old, who has now won eight caps.

He opted to miss Antigua & Barbuda games in November last year to remain with the Exiles to ensure he kept his starting place.

The former Birmingham City keeper firmly established himself as Graham Coughlan's number one between the posts last season.

Townsend started all but three of the club's League Two matches in the 2023-2024 campaign.

Day, who spent the season on loan at Yeovil Town, and back-up keeper Jonny Maxted were released by the club this summer.

Townsend should be back in action tomorrow night when Antigua & Barbuda face a trip to the Cayman Islands for another qualifier.