NEWPORT County are no closer to signing a loan striker with things going from bad to worse for the Exiles.

The club dropped out of the top seven in League Two last weekend and are already without injured strike duo Aaron O’Connor and Rene Howe.

And with the Exiles’ forwards managing just one goal between them in 2015, boss Jimmy Dack admitted he was keen to bring in another loan forward to join Swindon’s Miles Storey.

Unfortunately, talks have stalled with Dack telling the Argus that there has been no progress to report.

However, the need for reinforcements arguably intensified with County’s top scorer from last term, Chris Zebroski, appearing in court on Wednesday morning.

The 28-year was released on bail after being charged with assault and attempted robbery during a drunken brawl.

Zebroski had already been due to appear at Swindon Crown Court later this month for sentencing following a road rage incident, and he is now under bail conditions preventing him from entering Swindon until his next hearing on April 17.

Zebroski was also described in court as an alcoholic and is also under conditions not to enter any licenced premises in order to prevent further offending, until his next hearing on April 17. His County contract expires this summer.

The Exiles are set for a meeting this (Wednesday) evening to discuss Zebroski’s situation, though he’d have missed Friday’s clash with Cheltenham Town anyway due to a suspension incurred by being sent off in Saturday’s 2-1 reverse at Broadhall Way.

It is understood by Argus Sport that not everyone at the club had been made aware of Zebroski’s situation, including members of the County playing staff and management team.

County boss Dack is still set to hold his weekly press briefing on Thursday morning, as scheduled.

Zebroski was County’s top scorer last term and your South Wales Argus Newport County player of the season, but has scored just seven goals this term as he has struggled for form and fitness.