Skipper David Pipe confident of Newport County survival
Newport County captain David Pipe is confident the squad is good enough to thrive in League Two next season.
Last Updated: 18/06/13 3:57pm
The Welsh outfit secured a return to the Football League after a 25-year absence with victory over Wrexham in the Conference Play-off final last month.
Pipe is one of a number of players in the County squad with league experience, having enjoyed spells at Coventry, Notts County, Bristol Rovers and Cheltenham during his career.
He believes the team is already good enough to stay up next season, regardless of any summer signings, and insists they will be fully prepared come the big kick-off on August 3.
"I personally think the squad is strong enough without additions," he told Sky Sports. "Obviously we're going to make additions which will make us better and the gaffer is going to make those decisions himself.
"I'm very happy with the core group of players we have got here. A lot of us have played a lot of league games between us so it's not as if we are going into uncharted waters.
"We'll be ready and the boys who haven't played in the league we will pull them along and vice versa."
Newport chief executive Dave Brody is hoping a number of local derbies in League Two next season will ensure their Rodney Parade ground will be regularly full to capacity.
"We would like to average 3,500 plus," he said. "We believe that we will do that with our own people and there are some great local derbies in League Two next season.
"Cheltenham Town, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth, Exeter, Torquay, Oxford United; all within hour and a bit of here. Obviously there is Portsmouth on top of that so we will get great away followings as well."