FORMER under-19 international striker Aaron Holloway is hoping a run of games and goals for Newport County AFC can help him get back in the Wales set-up.

The 20-year-old from Cardiff has signed for the Exiles until the end of the season having trained with the squad since his release from Bristol City last month.

And having impressed manager Justin Edinburgh in training and in practice matches he travels with the County squad to Hartlepool today hoping to get some action in tomorrpw's League Two clash.

“I’m very pleased to have signed,” said Holloway, who turns 21 next week.

“I got released in January and I’ve been here for three or four weeks now hoping to impress and now I’ve got a deal until the end of the season, which I’m very happy with.

“I’m here until May and then we’ll see after that. I’m from Cardiff so it’s ideal for me and I could not be happier.

“I’m looking forward to going up to Hartlepool with the squad. I don’t know what I’m more nervous about; playing or singing in front of the rest of the lads like all the new boys do.

“I love playing with the lads and I’ve settled in really well. The lads have been great with me and people like Flynny have made me feel welcome.”

Holloway knows that if he can catch the eye with County over the next few months he could force his way back into the Wales age-grade reckoning.

“I played for Wales under-17 and under-19s and I’d like to get some games for Newport, score some goals and get back into the Welsh squads,” he said.

“Conor Washington has gone now and he was the main striker here so there is a space and there’s a few players going for it but hopefully I’ll get a few chances.”

Holloway will be competing with Rene Howe, Shuan Jeffers, Christian Jolley, Danny Crow and the returning Chris Zebroski and Aaron O’Connor for a place up front.

“Of the other players I’m probably most similar to Rene Howe,” he said. “I like to hold the ball up and I think I can learn a lot from him and the rest of the strikers.

“But I can play at the back as well so I’m quite versatile.”