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Sean Newton: "I will stay at this club until they no longer want me.” 

By Dan Simmonite | 1st August 2020

Two-time Clubman of the Year Sean Newton is flying high after penning a new contract and being named in the 2019/20 National League North Team of the Season. 

Speaking on his new deal and the personal accolade, he said: “I’m made up, obviously with the current climate and what’s gone on you don’t know what situation you’d be in with football and to sign another deal with the club I’m absolutely over the moon. 

“As a personal thing it’s obviously brilliant to be noticed by other clubs watching but without the team, you’re not going to be able to perform that well. My teammates helped me massively playing in a very good side last year. 

“I can only thank the team and the gaffer believing in me – he could have easily got rid of me when he first came in. It’s a great achievement personally and I’m buzzing.” 

The passionate defender has spent most of his career as a left back, but played 40 games as a centre half last campaign under Steve Watson, keeping 17 clean sheets and helping the club finish with the second-best defensive record in the division. 

And Newton has welcomed the tactical change to his game: “You need experience at the back to organise and I learned a lot off big Steve McNulty this year,” he said. 

“I could also get forward from there and me and Fergy (David Ferguson) had a good partnership because I went round him and he sat in for me. 

“I’m hoping that he stays and I will be on him every day until he signs.” 

Reflecting on last season and the playoff heartbreak last week, Newton made clear his intentions to put things right and win promotion next year. 

“Top spot was taken away from us and we had a chance through the playoffs,” he said.  

“I think looking back on the game and re-watching it I thought we dominated and had a lot more chances than them but just didn’t take ours. But that’s football. 

“As the gaffer said it’s another chance to go again and finish what we started last season.” 

Now at 31-years-old and approaching his fifth season with York, Newton is not ruling out ending his career with the club he has played for since October 2016. 

He added: “As long as I keep doing what I’ve done last season and worthy of getting a new deal then the more I hope I can continue because it’s an unbelievable club, it’s the best I’ve been at, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. 

“As I’ve said a few times I will stay at this club until they no longer want me.” 

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