Poole has Lewington in his crosshairs

The Welshman is set to make his 100th career appearance on Saturday

Friday, 23rd October 2020, 12:12 pm
Updated Friday, 23rd October 2020, 12:16 pm
Regan Poole

Should he play on Saturday against Blackpool, Regan Poole will make his 100th career appearance.

The 22-year-old Welshman made his debut for Newport in September 2014 before he secured a move to Manchester United a year later. After loan spells at Northampton and back at Newport, Poole's move to MK Dons has seen him make 31 appearances for the club so far as he currently sits on 99.

Captain Dean Lewington is still racking up the appearances, with his total now over 850 professional outings, and Poole hopes he can get close to that.

"If it's my 100th on Saturday that'll be great, and I'll see if I can get as many as Dean Lewington!" he said. "It's nice to hit a landmark like that. I started in the Football League at a very young age, so for me to hit that landmark is good but it's time to kick on now and see how many I can get."

Poole has become a regular at right wing-back this season after the departure of Callum Brittain - a position new to him, but one he enjoys. Having scored his first goal for the club this season, and teeing up Cameron Jerome for the opener against Gillingham last weekend, Poole says his new position will require him to provide more at the sharp end of the pitch.

He continued: "I'm enjoying my new role – I've never played here before. It was a challenge for me, and one I'm relishing. With the performances we're putting in, how can you not enjoy playing in this formation? We're playing football the right way, getting in the box, it's enjoyable. Hopefully we can keep improving.

"The wing-backs are more advanced so it has to be an aim of mine to get more goals and assists. We're the wingers basically, so we have to get down the line, put crosses in and into the box, that's definitely something I have to add."