NEWPORT County AFC coach Wayne Hatswell has signed a contract extension to stay on as manager James Rowberry’s right-hand man.

Rowberry was appointed as boss in mid-October on a deal until at least the summer of 2024 and quickly stated his intention to work with his predecessor Michael Flynn’s coaching team.

Hatswell, who was unbeaten in four League Two games as interim manager, was under contract until the end of the season.

Now the 46-year-old, who is in his second coaching spell as an Exiles coach after being a player in the 2011/12 National League campaign, has agreed terms to extend his deal for an extra two years in line with the manager’s contract.

South Wales Argus: PARTNERSHIP: Wayne Hatswell (left) with James RowberryPARTNERSHIP: Wayne Hatswell (left) with James Rowberry

"I'm delighted that Wayne has signed extended terms which fall in line with mine. He has been vital in helping me settle in at the football club," said Rowberry.

"He has played a key role at the club and I am in a fortunate position to inherit a club that is built on solid foundations that he helped create.

"Our focus now is on doing all we can to take the club to the next level."

Hatswell returned to County as a coach in 2013 but left when Terry Butcher was appointed two years later.

He was brought back by Flynn in 2017 and formed a formidable and successful partnership with the manager.

Hatswell held the reins as interim manager in October and is staying on under Rowberry, who is a close friend.

Chairman Gavin Foxall said: "The club are delighted that Wayne has signed an extension to his current deal.

"Wayne has been critical to ensuring continuity given the recent transition and played a pivotal role in our success over a number of years”.